aircraft collection

Apollo XI Space Pen

During the earlier Mercury and Gemini space programs, American astronauts used mechanical pencils during their missions. While the pencils functioned well, able to write in zero gravity (unlike pens at...

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Apollo IX Command Module

Apollo 9 is the one of only two Apollo Command Module flown in space on display west of the Rocky Mountains. The spacecraft was moved on May 18, 2004 from its former home at the Michigan Space and Science...

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Curtiss A-1 TRIAD

The Museum’s reproduction of the Curtiss A-1 Triad flew January 26, 1984, by Jim Dalby, over San Diego Bay just as Glenn Curtiss had done 73 years earlier. After the flight, Wheeler donated the reproduction...

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Curtiss B-1 Robin

In 1927, with Charles Lindbergh's record-breaking solo trans-Atlantic flight, a new fascination with flying quickly took over the public, and an ever increasing number people yearned to fly their own airplane....

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Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless

Among aircraft credited with changing the tactics of naval warfare, the Douglas SBD Dauntless is perhaps the most significant. In the pivotal Naval Battle of Midway in June of 1942, the Douglas SBD Dauntless...

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