Interwar Military Aviation

December 15, 2003 – Permanent
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Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk

National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

Boeing Aviation Hangar

See on Map Floor Plan

The airplane emerged from World War I recognized widely for its potential as a military weapon. After the war, United States military aviators advocated different roles for the the airplane in American defense. By World War II, innovations in doctrine, organization, and technology resulted in air forces that would fight on a global scale. The aircraft on view represent turning points in the evolution of military aviation.

Highlights include:

  • Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
  • Boeing P-26A Peashooter
  • Loening OA-1A San Francisco