The National Air and Space Museum has a Ruhrstahl X-1 on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center. The Fritz-X had a short but deadly combat history before the Luftwaffe phased it out in favor of the Hs-293.
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.
The National Air & Space Museum's aircraft collection includes an Ar-196 that served on the Prinz Eugen.
The National Air and Space Museum’s collection includes a Nakajima Kikka. Nakajima received specifications for an aircraft based on the Me-262’s design.
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 Bachem Ba-349 Natter (Viper) never flew combat missions. It came very close to flying such missions. This begs the questions what might have been and what the reaction might have been.
The National Air & Space Museum has a Ju 388L-1 (work number 560049) in deep storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. It is the sole surviving Ju 388.
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 Spitfire and the Me-109 were iconic World War II aircraft. These aircraft had a deadly rivalry throughout World War II and beyond. These aircraft were generally loved by their pilots.
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.