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.
The last Arado Ar-234 Blitz (Lightning) in existence, Werke Nummer 140312, is on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Virginia. . This aircraft served with KG 76 in 1945.
Before World War II some women pilots made their marks on aviation history. It was inevitable women pilots would be involved in every capacity in World War II.
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.
When the B-52 was designed in the early 1950s its speed was comparable to the front line fighters of the day. The USAF plans to keep the B-52 in military service beyond 2040.
In 1941 with Britain the only force fighting against Nazi Germany, a secret flight was set up to evaluate enemy aircraft and radar. It was nicknamed the "RAFWaffe".
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.
The USAF acquired the first Boeing B-707 in August 1956. Since then about 900 B-707s have been built for militaries and other government agencies.
There is a Macchi C.202 Folgore suspended from the ceiling in the World War II gallery at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. It is one of the 3 remaining C.202s.
The Ju 52 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center is actually a Spanish built CASA 352. The Smithsonian also has a Ju 52, Werke Nummer 560049, in its collection, in deep storage.