McDonnell Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk

Publisher/Studio:
McDonnell Douglas

The Skyhawk is a lightweight attack aircraft conceived during the Korean conflict. It was designed as a successor to the propeller-driven AD (A-l Skyraider) with Ed Heinemann heading up the Douglas design team. The Douglas production line started in September 1953, and continued until 27 February 1979; 2,960 were built (2,405 attack and 555 trainers) in 21 versions. Skyhawks were bought by six other nations. It's first flight powered by a Wright J-65-W-2 turbojet engine was on 22 June 1954 and it joined our operational fleet in October 1956. Read more »

Location:
Pegg Rd and Rte. 235, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653
Identifier:
2011.4.0001
Institution:
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Sikorsky Ch-53A Sea Stallion

Date:
C. 1966
Publisher/Studio:
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

The predecessor of America's largest helicopters today, the CH-53A was first flown in October 1964 and entered service in 1966. With 16,000 lbs. of cargo capacity, this large, all-weather capable helicopter could carry two jeeps, a 105-mm howitzer, or 38 fully equipped combat troops, giving the Marines valuable mobility in Vietnam. The CH-53A has also demonstrated the impressive ability to perform loops and barrel rolls, and in April 1968, a Marine Corps CH-53A made the first automatic terrain clearance flight in helicopter history. Read more »

Location:
Pegg Rd and Rte. 235, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653
Identifier:
2011.4.0002
Institution:
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Boeing F4B-4

Date:
1933
Publisher/Studio:
Boeing Aircraft Co.

The Boeing F4B/P-12 series served as the primary fighter of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Air Corps in the early 1930s, and it remained in service in numerous roles until the early 1940s. It was the last wooden-winged, biplane fighter produced by Boeing and used by the U.S. military. The large quantity of F4B/P-12s built and purchased helped to establish Boeing as an important aircraft manufacturer and to sustain the firm through the economic hardships of the Great Depression. Total production of the F4B/P-12 series reached 586. Read more »

Description (physical):

H: 2.9m, W: 9.2m, L: 6.2m, Wt: 2354lbs.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
A19610200000CP09
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Grumman FM-1 (F4F-4) Wildcat

Date:
1940
Publisher/Studio:
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Leroy Grumman's F4F Wildcat was not the fastest or most advanced fighter aircraft of World War II, but during the dark months after Pearl Harbor, Wildcat pilots stood firm, held the line, and stopped the Imperial Japanese military air forces when they seemed invincible. After war erupted in the Pacific, the Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary fighter aircraft operated by the United States Navy and the Marine Corps. By 1942 every American Navy fighter squadron flew the F4F. Read more »

Description (physical):

Single engine, mid-wing, carrier-based fighter aircraft. Material: Semi-monocoque all-metal.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia20560
Identifier:
A19610122000cp36
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse

Date:
Silorsky Aircraft

Beginning in 1962, the H-34 served as the primary Marine Corps assault helicopter of the Vietnam War until its replacement by the turbine-powered CH-46. It began in 1952 as a Navy anti-submarine warfare helicopter evolved from the Sikorsky S-55 series. Initially designated as the HSS-1, it would also go on to see significant service in the combat assault and utility roles with the Army and Marine Corps. Great Britain and France also deployed versions in some of the first helicopter combat assault operations. Read more »

Description (physical):

All equipment that came with the helicopter that is not attached to it is contained in box A19750823002 with the exception of two items. The VIP steps that attach to the side of the aircraft and the long-handled tool to assist with main rotor blade deployment are stored inside the helicopter's cabin. H: 16', W: 15', L: 47', Wt: 7560lbs.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
A19750823000cp12
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum