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World War II Aviation

World War II Aviation

July 1, 1976 – Permanent

Museum: Air and Space Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, West Wing, World War II Aviation, Gallery 205

This gallery highlights land-based aviation during World War II and features fighter aircraft from each of 5 countries.

Highlights include:

  • North American P-51D Mustang: an outstanding fighter plane used in every theater of war
  • Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero: maneuverability and range were excellent; the Japanese navy used it in almost every action throughout the war
  • Martin B-26 Flak Bait (nose only): flew the most missions of any American bomber in Europe
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mark VII: the legendary British fighter used to defeat the Germans in the Battle of Britain, along with the Hurricane
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109G: the principle Luftwaffe fighter; major opponent of the Spitfires and American bombers
  • Macchi C.202 Folgore: the most successful Italian fighter to see extensive service; used in the African campaign and in Italy and Russia

Online Exhibition