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The Museum's Grumman F-14A Tomcat at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in 1976

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

The failure of the General Dynamics F-111B to meet US Navy requirements for an advanced carrier-based air-superiority...

The Museum's Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar on display in the Great Gallery

Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar

The F9F Cougar is the swept wing version of its forerunner, the F9F Panther -- Grumman's first jet fighter plane. As...

A Heath Parasol

Heath Parasol

The Museum’s Heath Parasol was constructed from a kit designed by Edward Heath in 1926. Heath, son of a machinist, received...

A Howard DGA-15P in flight

Howard DGA-15P

Based on the Howard Aircraft Corporation's pre-war DGA ("Damn Good Airplane") the GH series were produced in quantity for...

The Insitu Aerosonde Laima on display in the Great Gallery

Insitu Aerosonde Laima

Named Laima, after the ancient Latvian deity of good fortune. This little plane set a record by flying across the Atlantic...

The Lamson L-106 Alcor Glider in flight

Lamson L-106 Alcor Glider

The Alcor, conceived during the early 1960s by Robert Lamson, was one of the first sailplanes in the U.S. made of composite...

A Lear Fan 2100 in flight

Lear Fan 2100

The Lear Fan 2100, a radical two-engine pusher prop-jet made almost entirely from composites, was Bill Lear's final project....

A Learjet 23 on the 30th anniversary of the plane

Learjet 23

Bill Lear wasn’t an aeronautical engineer when he started the Learjet project at age 61: he was an inventor and...

The Museum's Letov LF-107 Lunak Glider on display at the Restoration Center

Letov LF-107 Lunak Glider

The Czech aerobatic glider LF-107 Lunak was designed by Rudy Letov and further developed by a group of sailplane pilots and...

A Lilienthal (Otto) Glider in use in Germany

Lilienthal (Otto) 1893 Glider Reproduction

The flying knowledge of aerial pioneers like German inventor Otto Lilienthal led directly to the Wright brothers' first...

The Museum's Constellation on display in the Airpark

Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation

The "Super G" was the most successful version of the Lockheed Super Constellations and one of the last great piston-engine...

The Museum's Lockheed D-21B Drone, mounted on the M-21 Blackbird, on display in the Great Gallery

Lockheed D-21B Drone

The D-21 drone was an unpiloted aircraft originally designed for CIA and Air Force surveillance missions over particularly...