An overview of The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen and his life and legacy
The Smithsonian's Me-262 has "kill markings". These markings tell the story of air combat over Germany in March 1945.
The Harrier was the realization of a concept to develop a combat aircraft that could take off vertically. It has served in many of the conflicts the U.S. and the UK have been involved in since 1982.
Versions of the Boeing 747 have been used in the USAF and NASA beginning in 1974. The 747’s size made it a natural choice for certain missions. The 747 history of government service shows the aircraft’s capability, says something about our history, and current capabilities.
The National Air & Space Museum’s Heinkel He-219 Uhu is one of two examples of this aircraft. The Smithsonian has part of its He-219 on display at its Udvar-Hazy Center.
The P-51 Mustang is the plane that won the battle over Germany. Other planes contributed but it was the Mustang that turned the air war over Germany irreversibly in the Allies’ favor.
The P-38 Lightning was the first high performance aircraft Lockheed built. The P-38’s speed compared favorably to the single engine fighters at the start of the U.S. involvement in World War II.
In August 2011 the MQ-1 Predator passed the 1 million flying hours milestone. The USAF plans to retire the Predator in 2018. The Predator made its mark in aviation history.
The Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 22, 1935. It entered service in May, 1936. With over 11,000 built it was the most widely used transport in the history of aviation.
One of the stars of the 1985 movie Top Gun was the F-14 Tomcat. One of the supporting performers was the A-4 Skyhawk. This supporting role could also describe the history of the Skyhawk.