Jet Aviation

July 1, 1981 – Permanent

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

1st Floor, West Wing, Jet Aviation, Gallery 106 Floor Plan

This gallery illustrates the first 40 years of jet aviation (1939-1979), including the evolution of commercial and military jet aircraft.

Aircraft on display include:

  • Messerschmitt Me 262: world's 1st operational jet fighter
  • Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star Lulu Belle: world's 1st operational carrier jet fighter
  • McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

Also on view is a 25' by 70' mural of 27 jet aircraft by Keith Ferris. Theater with numerous brief film clips

Theater with numerous brief film clips

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