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1903 Wright Flyer
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first successful flights of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The Wright...
AA Lockheed L-188 Electra
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a photograph of the Lockheed L-188 Electra II, the first U.S. turboprop-powered aircraft. American Airlines began flying them in 1959....
Airbus A320 Glass Cockpit Display
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The exhibition features this cockpit diplay with a computer-simulated takeoff and landing of an Airbus A320 from Ronald Reagan Washington National...
Benoist Airboat Over Tampa Bay
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This photograph shows the Benoist flying over Tampa Bay. For its St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, St. Petersburg purchased this Model XIV from St....
Boeing 707
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
A Boeing 707, such as this aircraft, was designed for transcontinen¬tal or one-stop transatlantic range. But modified with extra fuel tanks and more...
Boeing 747
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a photograph of the Boeing 747. Designed originally for Pan American to replace the 707, the giant Boeing 747 revolutionized long-distance...
Boeing F4B-4
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
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...
Calder DC-8
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
In the early 1970s, to promote travel to South America, Braniff Airlines hired American artist Alexander Calder to create a flying work of art.
Cessna O-1A Bird Dog
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
In the Korean War the Bird Dog, affectionately called "the jeep with wings," was used for a variety of missions including artillery spotting, laying...
DH-4 And Tractor
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Europeans led the world in aeronautics after World War I. Adolf Rohrbach built a series of advanced all-metal aircraft, including this Zeppelin E.4/...
Douglas D-558-2
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Piloted by A. Scott Crossfield, on November 20, 1953, the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket became the first aircraft to fly faster than Mach 2, twice the...
Earl Ovington-first Mail Carrier
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This photograph depicts Earle Ovington inside his airplane. While Ovington's flight was purely ceremonial, it marked the first time an airplane...
Earle Ovington
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This image shows Earle Ovington, who flew the first flight for the U.S. Postal Service on September 13, 1911 from Long Island, New York. With a full...
Emily Howell
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Emily Howell broke through the gender barrier to become the first American woman to fly routinely for a scheduled U.S. commercial airline. An...
Fokker F-27
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a photograph of the most widely sold turboprop airliner in history, the Fokker F-27 Friendship. The F-27 first entered service in 1958, when...
Frankfort TG-1A (cinema)
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Stan Corcoran's TG-1A (Training Glider Model 1A) was the first aircraft selected to train U.S. Army glider pilot cadets to fly the Waco CG-4A combat...
Grumman FM-1 (F4F-4) Wildcat
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
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,...
Lear Jet 23
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The first Lear Jets, the Model 23s, were the first products of the original Lear Jet Corporation for the new field of business and personal jet...
Lockheed Martin/boeing Rq-3a Darkstar
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developed the stealthy, low-observable DarkStar to provide...
Map Of First Scheduled Passenger Air Route From St....
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This map shows the path of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, which began flying across Tampa Bay on January 1, 1914. The flight covered 29...
Military Origins Of The Space Race
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This image shows American rockets, built after World War II and used both for military and civilian endeavors. After World War II, the rocket...
Opening St. Petersburg-tampa Air Boat Line
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This photograph shows the first commercial flight over Tampa Bay in the air boat Benoist XIV. Former St. Petersburg Mayor A. C. Phiel (center) paid $...
Pan Am 707 Airport
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This photograph captures the first jet service by any U.S. airline began on October 26, 1958, when this Pan American World Airways Boeing 707, the...
Psa Interior Postcard
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This Pacific Southwest Airlines postcard portrays the Lockheed Electra II lounge, located in the rear of the cabin. Airlines began to improve their...
Queen Bleriot
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This image shows the Queen airplane that Earle Ovington flew on his brief air mail flight in 1911. The Queen was based on the popular Blériot...
Racing To The Moon Exhibit
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Neil Armstrong took this picture of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. As the first human setting foot on the moon, Armstrong...
Rolls-royce Dart
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a 1970 model of the Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop. First introduced in 1948, the turboprop combined the power of jet propulsion with the...
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
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-...
Supercritical Wing
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
A supercritical wing delays the formation and reduces the size of shock waves over the wing at transonic speeds (just below and above the speed of...
Wind Tunnel
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This photograph depicts the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' (NACA) Langley Memorial Laboratory, opened in 1917 with the first...
Winglet Flight Testing
National Air And Space Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is an image of Winglets-small vertical fins on wingtips-reduce the strength of wingtip vortices (air swirling off the ends of the wings). Most...
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