Air Transportation

July 1, 1976 – January 9, 2006

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Air Transportation, Gallery 102, 1st Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

This gallery traces the evolution of air transportation of people, mail, and cargo.

Highlights include:

  • Douglas DC-3: a design milestone in aviation, 1935
  • Ford Tri-motor: offered dependable, safe, and relatively comfortable service, 1926
  • Douglas M-2: operated on the 1st airmail route between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, 1926
  • Pitcairn Mailwing: efficient, reliable mail carrier, 1st used in 1927; 1st plane designed to carry mail, 1927
  • Northrop Alpha: all metal, cantilevered wing monoplane, 1930
  • Fairchild FC-2: 1st nonstop flight from New York to Miami, 1928
  • Boeing 247-D: 1st of modern airliners and 1st to average 200 miles per hour, 1933
  • Douglas DC-7 (nose only): Visitors can walk through the cockpit of this 1955 airliner