Flight Technology

July 1, 1976 – 1988

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

Flight Technology, Gallery 213, 2nd Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

This gallery explains how and why airplanes fly.

Highlights include:

  • Design Conference Theater: Puppets illustrate the fundamental of aircraft design.
  • The Space Technology Theater: A project engineer and a flight test engineer reflect on how to overcome the different barriers to flight .
  • The Jet Propulsion Theater: Hand puppets relate a fairy tale that develops the topic of jet propulsion in which a royal family builds a jet-propelled royal carriage.
  • Hughes H-1: This plane established the world's speed record in 1935 and the cross-country record in 1937.