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The Museum's McDonnell F-4C (F-110A) Phantom II on display in the Great Gallery (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

McDonnell F-4C (F-110A) Phantom II

The F-4 Phantom II, with its harsh symmetry, swept-back wings, and drooping tail was called "brutishly ugly" by some pilots....

The Museum's McDonnell Mercury Capsule Reproduction on display in the Lear Gallery

McDonnell Mercury Capsule Reproduction

Project Mercury launched the first Americans into space. Mercury's goal was to orbit a manned spacecraft around the Earth, investigate a human's ability to survive and function in space, and safely return both pilot and craft.

The Museum's Messerschmitt BF 109E-3 (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Messerschmitt BF 109E-3

By far the most-produced fighter ever (over 33,000 estimated), the Bf 109 served actively in various air forces around the...

The Museum's Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-15bis on display in the Great Gallery

Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-15bis (Chinese Modified)

Developed by the Soviet Union, the MiG-15 first flew in 1947 and entered service in June 1950, just in time for the Korean War.

The Museum's Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 at the Champlin Museum in Mesa, Arizona

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17

The MiG-17 was an improved and significantly upgraded derivative of the original post-war MiG-15. Equipped with an...

The Museum's MiG-21 PFM Fishbed-F on display in the Great Gallery

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 PFM

The MiG-21 is probably one of the best known Soviet aircraft—flown by many nations and built in larger numbers than any warplane since World War II.

Montgolfier Balloon Replica - Model by Alex Morton

Montgolfier Brothers' Balloon Scale Model

French brothers Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (1740 – 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (1745 – 1799) were the inventors of...

The Museum's Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa Oscar Reproduction on display in the Personal Courage Wing

Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa "Oscar" Reproduction

Nakajima’s Ki-43 Hayabusa (“Peregrine Falcon”) entered service with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (I.J.A.A.F.) in...

Shuttle Trainer nose with cargo doors open.

NASA Full Fuselage Trainer

The FFT is a full-scale mockup of the space shuttle orbiter — without the wings. It was used as a test bed for upgrades to...

The Museum's Nieuport 24bis Reproduction on display in the Personal Courage Wing (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Nieuport 24bis Reproduction

The Nieuport 24 is part of the famous line of French fighter aircraft established by Edouard de Niéuport. A preeminent...

The Museum's Nieuport 27 Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Nieuport 27 Reproduction

The Nieuport 27 was the last of its type to be flown by the French, Italian, and British airmen in World War I. The small...

The Museum's Nieuport 28 C.1 (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Nieuport 28 C.1

The Nieuport 28 was rejected by the French Air Service as not suited to be front-line equipment. At the time, the American...