Great Gallery

The Stinson Aircraft Company of Wayne, Michigan built the Model O to serve as a military training and utility aircraft. Based on the company’s popular Reliant series, the Model O was first developed to help the government of Honduras establish its own air force. Just nine Model O’s were ever built. Stinson delivered three to Honduras in 1933 where the military used them for training and anti-insurgency operations. Another three aircraft later went to China, one to Brazil and one to Argentina. The prototype remained in the United States.

With its signature twin tail, and exceptionally clean and art-deco appearance, the Lockheed Model 10 Electra series emerged as a purpose-built design intended to respond to the Douglas DC-2 and Boeing 247 airliners that were revolutionizing commercial airlines by the mid-1930s.

The Perlan: A Record-Setting Sailplane

On August 29, 2006, Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew a modified DG505m glider to a record-setting altitude of 50,727 feet (15,445m) over the Patagonia region of Argentina. By capitalizing on stratospheric "mountain waves" and the Polar Vortex which forms around Antarctica each winter, Fossett and Enevoldson were able beat the previous glider altitude record by over 1,500 feet.

On 13 June 1944, Nazi Germany unleashed a new type of weapon: The Fieseler Fi 103 "flying bomb," a small, pilotless, medium-range cruise missile.  Launched from bases in northern France, the Netherlands, and western Germany, the Fi 103 enabled the German Luftwaffe to bombard Belgium, England, and France when the Allied air forces possessed air superiority over Western Europe.

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The Aerocar was a "roadable" airplane certified for use as both a plane and an automobile. The prototype was completed in 1949 but not certified by the Civil Aeronautics Administration until 1956.

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A group of 1903 Wright Flyers were built by The Wright Experience of Warrington, Virginia. The company's goal was to create the most authentic Flyer reproductions ever made. The first aircraft to be finished was wind tunnel tested at NASA/Langley and toured the country as part of a traveling exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

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Clayton Stephens designed the Akro specifically for homebuilders who want a plane for competitive aerobatics. The late Margaret Ritchie, 1966 U.S. Women's Aerobatic Champion, flew the prototype. The Akro's wooden wings and fabric-covered steel tube fuselage might seem flimsy, but it's rated to +12 g and -11 g -- meaning the plane can withstand the violent stresses of aerobatic maneuvers. The Akro design is the basis for the development of many modified mid-wing aerobatic planes, such as the Lasers, Ravens, and Extras seen on the air show circuit today.

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