Cold War Aviation

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

North Side of Boeing Aviation Hangar Floor Plan

After World War II ended, the United States and the Soviet Union began competing in a global struggle pitting democracy against communism. Tensions between the two led to such "cold" confrontations as the Berlin blockade, the downing of an American U-2 spy plane, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, while "hot" wars erupted in Korea and Vietnam. See a range of aircraft built in response to this struggle.

Highlights include:

  • Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
  • Bell H-13J
  • Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star