Early Flight

National Air and Space Museum
655 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

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

An updating and reconceptionalization of Early Flight, this gallery reveals how 19th-century pioneers laid the foundation for the invention of the airplane. During the single decade that separated the first powered flights of the Wright brothers from the opening guns of a World War, flight technology made considerable strides; exercised an enormous impact on the public imagination; and demonstrated its potential to effect revolutionary social, political, and economic change.