Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

6th and Independence Ave., SW , Washington DC , DC 20560 (National Mall)
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The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA display the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts.

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world in 161,145 square feet (14,970.9 m) of exhibition floor space. It was established in 1946, ... See more
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Planetarium
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Enjoy the sensation of zooming through the cosmos in our state-of-the-art planetarium. Shows include Dark Universe, Journey to the Stars, One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure One World, The Stars Tonight, To Space and Back and What's New in Space Science.

Food Court
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The Wright Place Food Court offers menu items from McDonald's, Boston Market, and Donatos Pizzeria.

Tours
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Free tours, led by our docents (volunteer guides), highlight the Museum's collection and trace the history of air and space travel. Tours are open to everyone and depart daily from the Welcome Center. Our docent corps is made up of knowledgeable volunteers, including former NASA employees, pilots (some of whom flew aircraft in our collection), engineers, and historians.

Apollo 11
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45 Years Ago Today: the Apollo 11 command module "Columbia" was on its way to the Moon carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. Do you remember the Apollo 11 mission? Share your memories here. If not, what questions do you have for those who do? Follow along with the mission on Twitter via @ReliveApollo11: http://bit.ly/ReliveApollo11 See “Columbia” on display in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1lgq6XN

IMAX Theater
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“Living in the Age of Airplanes” opens at our Museum in Washington, DC’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater next Friday, April 10th. More information and showtimes: http://bit.ly/1yKuBko This film will be available at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA’s Airbus IMAX Theater once laser digital upgrades are complete and the theater reopens.

Exhibitions
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Curiosity has company! Last week, this Mars Exploration Rover full-scale model (on the left) went on display next to the Mars Rover Curiosity full-scale model in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” at the Museum in Washington, DC. You might recognize it from our recently closed exhibition, “Spirit & Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars.”

Flight Simulators
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Climb inside a motion simulator and experience the thrill of flight, fun, and adventure. Simulators include SpaceWalk, Cosmic Coaster, F-18 Experience, Wings, and F-4 Phantom II jet fighter.

The Spirit of St. Louis
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Today in 1927: Charles Lindbergh completed the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight in the "Spirit of St. Louis." Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field, New York on May 20th and landed thirty-six hours later at Le Bourget Field near Paris. Learn more about Lindbergh's flight and the "Spirit of St. Louis," on display at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://s.si.edu/lejhC

Space Race
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The "Space Race" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Early Flight
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Today in 1909: Orville Wright flew the Wright Military Flyer in demonstration flights at Fort Myer, Virginia. The Military Flyer replaced the Wright A, which crashed during demonstration flights in 1908. Come see the Military Flyer on display in the "Early Flight" gallery - http://ow.ly/mvlgC.

Udvar-Hazy Center
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The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is our companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Opened in 2003, its two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX® Theater and the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area.

How Things Fly
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Not a rocket scientist? You can play one in the new "Rocket Lab" on our How Things Fly website: http://bit.ly/1uok39w

Bell X-1
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Today in 1947: Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound in the Bell X-1 "Glamorous Glennis." See it on display in the "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall" - http://bit.ly/1mOa5JH

Journey to the Stars
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Witness the life and death of stars in our sky, including our own sun. Extraordinary images captured by telescopes on Earth and in space, combined with stunning never-before-seen images of physics-based simulations, will launch you through time and space for an incredible trek through our night sky. Tour stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries and discover the fascinating story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the sky in the same way again. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

Hubble 3D
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Through the power of IMAX® 3D, Hubble 3D will enable movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Dark Universe
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The planets, stars, and everything you can see are less than 5 percent of the universe. What is the other 95 percent? Dark Universe examines the invisible dark matter underlying galaxies that, together with dark energy, accounts for that other 95 percent of the universe’s total energy and mass. Narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Milestones of Flight
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The Milestones of Flight entrance hall of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Among the visible aircraft are Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, and Bell X-1.

X-15
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Today in 1959: Scott Crossfield made the first unpowered glide flight of North American X-15. The North American X-15 rocket-powered research aircraft bridged the gap between manned flight within the atmosphere and manned flight beyond the atmosphere into space. After completing its initial test flights in 1959, the X-15 became the first winged aircraft to attain velocities of Mach 4, 5, and 6 (four, five, and six times the speed of sound). See it on display in our "Milestones of Flight" gallery: http://ow.ly/lQ4a3

1903 Wright Flyer
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110 years ago today: Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their first powered aircraft. This photo was taken as Orville piloted the Wright Flyer on its first flight of the day, which lasted 12 seconds and covered 36 m (120 ft). The fourth and final flight, with Wilbur at the controls, covered 255.6 m (852 ft) in 59 seconds. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane. Learn more and tour the 1903 Wright Flyer in 3D: http://s.si.edu/1fjqmmY

Boeing 747
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Today in 1969: the first 747-100 "jumbo jet" made its first flight. This nose section from a Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-151 is on display in the "America by Air" exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC. Discover its story: http://s.si.edu/No88IT

Wings
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A fast-paced ride through the history of aerial combat. Experience flight in a vintage Sopwith Camel of World War I, the "lightning-fast" P-38 of World War II, the sleek F-86 Super Sabre of the Cold War era, and the fabulous F-5 Tiger.

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
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SpaceShipOne has touched down in the "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall" at our Museum in Washington, DC for assessment and conservation. Learn more about how we are transforming this exhibition: http://bit.ly/MilestonesofFlight

America by Air
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East view of the America by Air exhibition. At left, a rare Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny". At right, the forward fuselge of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Visitors can enter the fuselage and view the cockpit.

Apollo to the Moon
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How do you make one and one quarter F-1 engines look like the full cluster of five engines that were needed to launch the Saturn V rocket on Apollo missions to the Moon? Mirrors. If you stand in just the right spot, this display creates a view of the five-engine cluster at the base of the first stage of a Saturn V. See it in the "Apollo to the Moon" exhibition.

Architecture
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Because of the museum's close proximity to the United States Capitol, the Smithsonian wanted a building that would be architecturally impressive but would not stand out too boldly against the Capitol building. St. Louis-based architect Gyo Obata of HOK designed the museum as four simple marble-encased cubes containing the smaller and more theatrical exhibits, connected by three spacious steel-and-glass atria which house the larger exhibits such as missiles, airplanes and spacecraft. The mass of the museum is similar to the National Gallery of Art across the National Mall, and uses the same pink Tennessee marble as the National Gallery. Built by Gilbane Building Company, the museum was completed in 1976. The west glass wall of the building is used for the installation of airplanes, functioning as a giant door. Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum also designed the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Built by Gilbane Building Company, the museum was completed in 1976.

D-Day 3D
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Normandy 1944

DC-3
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Today in 1952: Our Douglas DC-3 made its last commercial flight from San Salvador to Miami. See it on display in our "America by Air" exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1s71JBe

Golden Age of Flight
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Today in 1937: Howard Hughes set a transcontinental U.S. speed record in this Hughes H-1 Racer, flying nonstop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds. See it on display in the "Golden Age of Flight" exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1EhN2k1

Hawaii by Air
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New exhibition! “Hawaii by Air” opens today at the Museum in Washington, DC! You may not realize it when you fly to Hawaii, but you are traveling to one of the most remote places on Earth. Jetliner travel makes it easy to forget how challenging it once was to reach Hawaii by air. “Hawaii by Air” recounts how things have changed since the earliest flights: http://bit.ly/hawaiibyair

Museum Store
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Bring home a memento of your Museum visit or find the perfect gift for someone special. The Museum store offers a variety of aviation- and space-themed souvenirs including postcards, books, clothing, kites, videos, toys, and more.

Observatory
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The Public Observatory located on the southeast terrace outside the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Paper Airplane Contest
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Explainers bring the science of flight alive daily in the Looking at Earth gallery with fun and engaging experiments and audience participation.

Space Walk
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Salina Yoon

SpaceWalk
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Ride aboard the Space Shuttle and witness one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 21st century! This tour around the International Space Station illustrates the complexities of living and working in space and highlights the cooperative efforts of many nations here on Earth.

Time and Navigation
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Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan vanished in the South Pacific on June 2, 1937, while en route from New Guinea to the Hawaiian Islands via Howland Island. They used a loop antenna similar to this Bendix Radio Direction Finder in their failed attempt to locate Howland Island. Their difficulty in using it, combined with a lack of proficiency in Morse code, were factors in their disappearance. See this and more objects that tell the story of getting from here to there in the Time and Navigation exhibition, opening on March 29, 2013.

Demonstrations
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Discovery Stations
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Discovery Stations encourage informal learning through active looking, discussion, and hands-on activities related to aviation, space exploration, astronomy, and planetary geology. Presented by volunteers or Museum staff, the carts provide interactive fun for all ages. Discovery Stations are presented during regular Museum hours throughout the week and on weekends, but are subject to staff availability.

Explore the Universe
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Looking at Earth
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Today in 1960: The Discoverer XIII reentry capsule was the first man-made object to be recovered from orbit. See the reentry capsule on display in the “Looking at Earth” exhibition: http://bit.ly/1q43MlK

Mercury Friendship 7
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Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft

Pershing II
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Sea-Air Operations
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Today in 1937: The prototype for the Grumman F4F Wildcat, the XF4F-2, made its first flight. During the early days of World War II in the Pacific, the Grumman F4F Wildcat was the U.S. Navy's most widely used carrier-based fighter. See it on display at the Museum in DC's "Sea-Air Operations" exhibition: http://ow.ly/ouaMV

SpaceShipOne
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Ten Years Ago Today: SpaceShipOne, the first privately developed spacecraft to reach space, won the Ansari X Prize when pilot Brian Binnie flew it to an altitude of 112 kilometers (70 miles) on its third record-setting flight. This prize was awarded for repeated flights in a privately developed reusable spacecraft. Pictured here is SpaceShipOne on display at the Museum in Washington, DC in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” - http://bit.ly/1uMZFx4

World War II Aviation
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1896 Lilienthal Glider
1909 Wright Military Flyer

105 Years Ago Today: The United States Army Signal Corps accepted the 1909 Wright Military Flyer, which was the first airplane purchased and put into service by any government. See the 1909 Wright Military Flyer at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1qEHhWa

AAI RQ-7A Shadow
Ad Astra

Ad Astra ("to the stars"), the sculpture at the entrance to the building

Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Folgore
Albatros D.Va
America by Air: The History of Air Transportation

What was it like for the first air mail pilots in an open cockpit? Why did early stewardesses carry flyswatters? What made the DC-3 such a strong and popular aircraft? Discuss these things and more in a fun demonstration featuring airplanes in our America by Air exhibition.

Apollo 15

Today in 1971: Apollo 15 Command Module "Endeavour," with astronauts David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden and James B. Irwin aboard, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the three main parachutes failed to open fully, resulting in a descent velocity 4.5km/hr (2.8mph) faster than planned, but causing no harm to the crew. The pressure suit worn by commander David Scott is on display in the "Space Race" gallery: http://ow.ly/nIj1w

Apollo Lunar Module LM-2
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Today in 1975: The last American Apollo spacecraft docked with a then-Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in the first international human spaceflight mission, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. See this recreation of the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous on display in the "Space Race" gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC and learn more about the rendezvous in our blog archive: http://bit.ly/1qhEGGa

Ballistic missiles
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

90 Years Ago Today: Douglas World Cruisers "Chicago" (pictured here) and "New Orleans" landed at Sand Point, Washington, completing the first flight around the world. The journey took 175 days, included 74 stops, and covered about 44,337 kilometers (27,550 miles). Read more about this historic flight - http://bit.ly/1DMFIha - and look inside the cockpit of the "Chicago," on display in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery” at the Museum in Washington, DC - http://bit.ly/1u56w8n

Beechcraft C17L Staggerwing
Bell XP-59A Airacomet

65 Years Ago Today: This Whittle W.1X turbojet engine was presented to the Smithsonian by Power Jets, Ltd. The Whittle W.1X non-airworthy engine unofficially became the first British turbojet to be airborne during taxiing tests of the first Gloster E.28/39 aircraft in 1941. Brought to the U.S. along with drawings of the W.2B production engine, this engine became the precursor to the GE I-A turbojet that powered the first U.S. jet aircraft, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet. See it on display in the “Jet Aviation” exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/10JiIAi

Bleriot XI[3]

In 1910, Jorge Chavez, who was the first Peruvian to receive a pilot’s license, became the first person to fly across the Alps. His home country honored him by naming their international airport after him. We are celebrating Chavez and other Latin American contributors to aviation and space exploration at our Hispanic Heritage Day tomorrow, October 11th. If you are in Washington, DC we hope you will join us! http://bit.ly/1uWqZhh Image Caption: Jorge Chavez pictured here in Paris, France in a Bleriot XI.

Boeing 247D
Boeing F4B-4
Boeing X-45A
Breitling Orbiter 3

The Breitling Orbiter 3, in which Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones achieved the first non-stop balloon circumnavigation of the world in 1999.

Chicago

Chicago the first aircraft to fly around the world

Cosmic Coaster

A spacey white-knuckle ride like no other, Cosmic Coaster takes you on a dazzling journey through the cosmos filled with futuristic imagery and non-stop fun.

Curtiss Robin J-1
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket #2 is on display at the Museum in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
F-18 Experience

Discover the thrill of naval aviation in an F-18 Super Hornet and marvel at the precision, courage, and skill of those who push these complex flying machines to their limits.

F-4 Phantom

Fly jet-age combat sorties in simulators that let you control the action and perform 360-degree barrel rolls! Try your skills at air-to-air combat in an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter.

Fairchild FC-2
Flights of Fancy

Stories for Children

Fokker D.VII
Fokker T-2
Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator
Grumman FM-1 Wildcat
Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon

Oliver J Corwin

Hughes H-1 Racer

Today in 1937: Howard Hughes set a transcontinental U.S. speed record in this Hughes H-1 Racer, flying nonstop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds. See it on display in the "Golden Age of Flight" exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1EhN2k1

Inventing the Airplane

What is an airplane and why does it have that distinctive shape? Discover what challenges the Wright brothers overcame to make the first sustained, powered, and controlled flight. Explore the fascinating events and engineering feats that lead up to the historic moment humans first flew in an airplane.

Jet Aviation

65 Years Ago Today: This Whittle W.1X turbojet engine was presented to the Smithsonian by Power Jets, Ltd. The Whittle W.1X non-airworthy engine unofficially became the first British turbojet to be airborne during taxiing tests of the first Gloster E.28/39 aircraft in 1941. Brought to the U.S. along with drawings of the W.2B production engine, this engine became the precursor to the GE I-A turbojet that powered the first U.S. jet aircraft, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet. See it on display in the “Jet Aviation” exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/10JiIAi

Journey to Space 3D
Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air

TOMORROW! Join us at the Museum in Washington, DC from 10 am to 3 pm for a day of presentations and hands-on activities focusing on the social and technological history of World War I. Have a photograph or document from WWI? Bring it with you and our experts will provide guidance on how to learn more about it and to take care of it. This family day is the first in a series of programs planned to observe the centennial of World War I over the next four years. More information about tomorrow’s activities: http://bit.ly/1xFQbbN Image Caption: The Museum’s Spad XIII “Smith IV” was flown towards the end of World War I. See it on display in “Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air” at the Museum in Washington, DC.

Leonardo and the Flying Boy

Laurence Anholt

Living and Working in Space: Human Space Exploration

Share the excitement and wonder of 40 years of humans in space, from the Mercury missions in the 1960s, to the Space Shuttle era and beyond. Hands-on demonstrations include real space artifacts and spacesuits.

Living in the Age of Airplanes

“Living in the Age of Airplanes” opens at our Museum in Washington, DC’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater next Friday, April 10th. More information and showtimes: http://bit.ly/1yKuBko This film will be available at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA’s Airbus IMAX Theater once laser digital upgrades are complete and the theater reopens.

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
Lockheed Martin RQ-3 DarkStar
Lockheed Model 8 Sirius
Lockheed U-2
Lockheed U-2C

Lockheed U-2C reconnaissance aircraft on display at the Museum in Washington, DC. The Museum's aircraft originally flew as a U-2A with the CIA (1956-1974) from bases in England, Germany, Cyprus, and Edwards Air Force Base in California. It was transferred to the US Air Force in 1974 before transfer to the Museum's collection in 1982. Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Lockheed Vega 5B

Today in 1932: Amelia Earhart completed the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, establishing a women's record of 19 hours and 5 minutes and setting a women's distance record of 2,447 miles. This was the second aviation record she set in her red Lockheed Vega 5B, now on display at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1vCMbWF

Lockheed XP-80
Lunar Exploration Vehicles

Today in 1966: Lunar Orbiter 1 (first of five) launched to the Moon on a mission to photograph landing sites for Apollo: http://ow.ly/nOCOq Lunar Orbiter engineering mock-up on display in the "Lunar Exploration Vehicles" exhibit: http://ow.ly/nOCOO

LZ 129 Hindenburg

25-foot long model of the LZ 129 Hindenburg used in the 1975 movie, The Hindenburg

Macchi C.202
Maps, Models, and Measuring Devices: Tools of Astronomy

Astronomers throughout history have used amazing tools to help explain and better understand the universe. Investigate several centuries of astronomical tools including astrolabes, quadrants, and celestial spheres.

Martin B-26 Marauder Flak Bait
McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

Today in 1945: the prototype McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, the XFD-1, made its first flight. The McDonnell FH-1 Phantom was the first U.S. jet aircraft to take off from and land on an aircraft carrier, and subsequently it became the first U.S. jet fighter in operational service with both the Navy and Marine Corps.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6/R3
Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a
Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Moving Beyond Earth

The new Google Earth Station (aka Liquid Galaxy) interactive display in the "Moving Beyond Earth" gallery let's you explore Earth, Moon and Mars. You can tour the Curiosity rover landing site "Gale Crater." (Mars Day! 2011)

Mustang P-51D
Northrop 4A Alpha
Northrop Gamma "Polar Star"

Today in 1935: Lincoln Ellsworth & Herbert Hollick-Kenyon took off in the Northrop Gamma "Polar Star" to cross Antarctica by air. They faced a blizzard, forced landing, and a long trek to a deserted camp at Little America where they spent over a month before they were picked up by a British research ship. See the "Polar Star" (http://ow.ly/r7H2N) on display in the "Golden Age of Flight" gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC.

Northrop M2-F3

Today in 1971: the Northrop M2-F3 Lifting Body made its first supersonic flight, achieving Mach 1.1 with test pilot Bill Dana at the controls. This photo, taken during a flight piloted by Bill Dana just two weeks before, shows the M2-F3 launching from a B-52 carrier aircraft. The M2-F3 is on display at the Museum: http://ow.ly/ofWuf Photo credit: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

One World, One Sky

Big Bird's Adventure

Outside the Spacecraft

50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity

Pfalz D.XII
Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory opened doors to public in 2009 as part of the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. It has a 16-inch Boller & Chivens telescope, a Sun Gun Telescope and hydrogen-alpha (red light, to see the chromosphere) and calcium-K (purple light) telescopes. The observatory opens to public from Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 3 P.M. and is open about once a month at night time.

Pioneer H
Piper J-2 Cub

Today in 1937: Our Piper J-2 Cub rolled off the production line. William Piper and the Piper Aircraft Corporation board of directors anointed it the first official Piper J-2 and flew it as the company plane until April 1939. Learn more about the history of this simple, inexpensive light plane that helped create the private pilot market and see this plane on display in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery" in Washington, DC: http://ow.ly/qqLLc

Pitcairn Mailwing
Pitts S-1S Special
Replica of lunar space suit
Rutan Voyager

Today in 1986: The Rutan "Voyager" became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop without refueling. The Rutan "Voyager" is pictured here as it is currently displayed above the Welcome Center at the Museum in Washington, DC: http://s.si.edu/1e5hws1

Sopwith Snipe
Soviet SS-20
Space Station Sensation

What is the International Space Station (or ISS)? Discover what countries are involved in the operation of the ISS, where it's located, and what do astronauts do on it. Explore the challenges astronauts face in a microgravity environment, while living and working onboard the largest construction project ever in space.

SPAD S.XIII
Story Times
Supermarine Spitfire HF. Mk. VIIc
The Hallelujah Flight

Phil Bildner

The Stars Tonight
The Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age
To Space and Back
Welcome Center
What's New in Space Science
Wittman Buster
You Can't Do That Amelia

Kimberly Klier

Zoo in the Sky

Jacqueline MItton

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