Tip-to-Tail Aircraft Tours

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Join us for special in-depth looks at some of the Museum's most remarkable aircraft with our very knowledgeable docent staff.

Previous Featured Tours:

Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

Sometimes nicknamed the "Widowmaker," the F-104, a 1950's era fighter, led many technological engineering advancements and was the recipient of numerous records. Jackie Cochran flew an F-104G to three world speed records between May 11 and June 1, 1961.

Gossamer Albatross II

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the flight of the Gossamer Albatross, stories of human-powered flight will be presented by the Museum's docents.

Boeing Model 40B

Twenty four Model 40As were used to inaugurate Boeing Air Transport air mail and passenger service between Chicago and San Fransico, July 1,1927.  In 1928, most of the 40As were upgraded to 40Bs by replacing the Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine with the more powerful P & W 525 HP Hornet engine.

Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa

The Hayabusa, which is Japanese for "Peregrine Falcon," was the most important WWII aircraft for the Japanese Air Force.

Douglas DC-3

The role of the military C-47 and civilian DC-3 in the Berlin Airlift

Fieseler V-1 World War II "Buzz Bomb"

The Museum's newly acquired German Fieseler V-1 "Buzz Bomb", used in 1944 and 1945 against England

1903 Wright Flyer

The Wright Flyer presentation will be by Docent Jerry Swearingen, whose Great Uncle, Charles Furnas, was the first airplane passenger in 1908.


Still the fastest piloted jet the world has ever seen some four decades after its first flights, the Lockheed Blackbird continues to fascinate and amaze. And so do the Museum's wonderfully knowledgeable docents! Continuing a holiday tradition, the docents pull out all the stops for their special Tip-to-Tail Tours of the Museum's unique M/D-21 Blackbird and Drone. Even if you think you know the Blackbird story well, you are sure to learn something new among the astounding facts and figures the docents share.

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Join us for an in-depth look at some of the Museum's most remarkable aircraft. Check here for a schedule of upcoming tours.