National Air and Space Museum

Welcome to the National Air and Space Museum. I visited and photographed the museum in 2017. Bear in mind that museum exhibits change from time to time, so the exhibits pictured here may not be there in the future. In fact, the America by Air Exhibit is supposed to be closed mid 2018 for renovation. I usually shoot without a flash to avoid distracting other people. To do this I increase the ISO value of my shot which means that some of these pictures will appear grainy, especially if enlarged. It was impossible to see everything during the 3 or 4 hours I spent at the museum, so I ended up cherry-picking the sections that were most interesting to me. That said, I think the following photos are fairly representative of what you can expect to see when you visit the museum.

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National Air and Space Museum

"Ad Astra" (to the stars)
by Richard Lippold

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

National Mall Entrance

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

Just say no to nuclear missiles

SS-20 "Pioneer" and Pershing II banned by 1987 Treaty

Apollo Lunar Module LM-2

"Spirit of St. Louis"

Ryan Aeronautical NYP monoplane
"Spirit of St. Louis"

Second Floor overlooking Boeing Hall
North American X-15 in center

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

The Wright Brothers and & The Invention of the Aerial Age

Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers

Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air

Hollywood takes to the air

Might be a Spad S.XIII

Might be an Albatros fighter

Interpretive Sign

German Aircraft Factory Exhibit

1000 lb Mark 6 High-Explosive bomb

Early Flight

P-51 Mustang model


High-altitude "stratospheric" Balloon



Early Flight

Sea-Air Operations

l to r - Grumann F4F, Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless, Douglas A-4C Skyhawk

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
Boeing F4B-4 (upper right)

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (lower)
Douglas SBD-6 (upper right)

11 ft model of USS Enterprise
built by Stephen Henninger

Detail of USS Enterprise model

Space Race

Museum Shop

V-1 Flying Bomb

V-2 Rocket
and Skylab

Ballistic Missiles


Skylab Exhibit

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Exhibit

Apollo Command Module

Bell X-1

Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

Boeing Phantom Works

America by Air Exhibit

Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing

Early Commercial Aviation
Eastern Airlines Douglas DC-3 upper center

Forward Fuselage of Northwest Boeing 747

American Airways Ford Tri Motor

Cockpit and forward cabin area of Douglas DC-7

Northrup 4A Alpha

LZ 129 Hindenburg model

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