National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
1st Floor, Center, Milestones of Flight, Gallery 100 Floor Plan
This major renovation and upgrade of NASM’s central entry space celebrates some of the most significant airplanes, rockets, and spacecraft in history. They tell tales of ingenuity and courage, war and peace, politics and power, as well as society and culture.
Among the achievements celebrated here: Charles Lindbergh's solo trip across the Atlantic in his Spirit of St. Louis; the first American jet aircraft, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet; the Bell X-1 in which "Chuck" Yeager first broke the mythical "sound barrier;" the fastest aircraft ever flown, the North American X-15; the Mercury capsule Friendship 7 flown by John Glenn; Mariner, Pioneer, and Viking planetary explorers; and the first privately-developed, piloted vehicle to reach space, SpaceShipOne. You can even touch a Moon rock.
This exhibition opened to mark the 100th anniversary of Boeing and the 40th anniversary of the opening of the NASM Mall building in July 1976.