Early Flight, The Samuel P. Langley Gallery of

March 26, 1980 – Permanent

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

1st Floor, West Wing, Gallery of Early Flight, Gallery 107 Floor Plan

This re-created indoor aeronautical exhibition (circa 1913) highlights the early history of the airplane from antiquity through the first decade of powered flight.

Highlights include:

  • Wright 1909 Military Flyer: the world's 1st military airplane
  • Lilienthal glider: glider that inspired Wilbur and Orville Wright, 1894
  • 1912 Curtiss Pusher
  • 1914 Bleriot XI monoplane
  • Ecker Flying Boat

Theater with video presentation.