Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air

November 13, 1991 – Permanent

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

2nd Floor, West Wing, Great War in the Air, Gallery 206 Floor Plan

This gallery features the emergence of air power in World War I and reexamines the reality and the romantic image of this war.

Highlights include:

  • Voisin VIII: early type of night bomber, 1915
  • SPAD XIII: French fighter aircraft also used by Americans
  • Fokker D.VII: considered the best German fighter aircraft of WWI
  • Albatros D.Va: German fighter aircraft that flew on all fronts during WWI
  • Pfalz D.XII: built to replace the outdated Albatros D.Va
  • Sopwith Snipe: British aircraft considered one of the best all-around single-seat fighters, although it came quite late in the war
  • German factory scene: WWI mass-production techniques, with original equipment
  • A model of the Spruce Goose and several artifacts related to its construction (outside the gallery)

Small theater with video presentations

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