The U-2 made its first flight in August 1955 and U-2s are flying missions for the U.S. Air Force today. U-2 production ended in 1989. The U-2 is capable of operating through 2045.
The National Air & Space Museum's aircraft collection includes an Ar-196 that served on the Prinz Eugen.
The last flying He-111 crashed on July 10, 2003. Tragically the pilot and co-pilot, the only two people in the aircraft, died in the crash.
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 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.
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.
The Smithsonian's Me-262 has "kill markings". These markings tell the story of air combat over Germany in March 1945.
On June 14, 1945 the Army Air Forces (AAF) accepted the B-29-45-MO, serial number 44-89292, from the Martin plant at Omaha. This aircraft dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Air Assault Operations during Vietnam War AH-64 Modern Attack Helicopter Operations The use of the helicopter dramatically changed land warfare doctrine from the time of its introduction, use during the Korean War, development prior to Vietnam,...
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.