Bell X-1

GO FLIGHT Photo

In a close-up photograph of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis the names of excited mechanics, hoping to leave their mark on the aircraft that flew across the Atlantic, can be seen scratched across the aluminium cowling. A nose-on image of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 reveals a bullet-shaped fuselage that helped the pilot go faster than the speed of sound.

A good photograph can tell a thousand stories. We plan to bring those stories to light with GO FLIGHT Photo.

Our team of professional photographers are capturing high-resolution images of the Museum’s iconic large aircraft and spacecraft and making them available to the public. The project will yield new photography of our historic artifacts and capture rarely seen angles and close-ups, and in many cases interiors, providing new opportunities for storytelling, research, and appreciation. 

GO FLIGHT Photo is made possible through the generous support of the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation, and will provide breathtaking images of the world’s most comprehensive collection of aviation and space objects.

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Photographing the Museum's Aircraft

See our newest story: Photographer Eric Long shares how he captures stunning photographs of the Museum's largest objects under challenging lighting and limited time. 

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