The Museum’s expansive aviation and space flight collection includes:
- Over 30 aircraft and space vehicles, several of which were built in the North Texas area
- 11 Galleries, from the Early Flyers to Space Flight and growing
- Over 35,000 historical artifacts
THE GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS
Examples of the genius of aviation’s Early Flyers such as the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss are on display, including a full-size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer.
LIGHTER THAN AIR
Rare artifacts from the famous airship Hindenburg and other giant dirigibles are featured in the Lighter than Air gallery.
THE GOLDEN AGE
The Golden Age 1919-1939 gallery highlights the stories of Charles Lindbergh, Bessie Coleman (the first licensed African-American aviator) Richard Byrd (Arctic and Antarctic explorer), Amelia Earhart, “Jimmy” Doolittle and many other famous flyers.
WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II, and the COLD WAR
In the World War I, World War II and Cold War galleries, unique artifacts and scale models of historic military aircraft tell the stories of America’s major conflicts in the Aviation Age.
- NEW BRITISH VICKERS “VIMY” Designed as a long range heavy night bomber capable of attacking targets in Germany, the British Vickers “Vimy” flew for the first time on November 17, 1917. This large scale detailed radio controlled Vickers “Vimy IV” model was installed August 2015 and is on loan to the Museum from Master Modeler Jerry Burpee of Plano, Texas.
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role throughout U.S. military history. Their accomplishments are displayed in the Tuskegee Airmen gallery.
CIVIL AIR TRANSPORT AND AIR AMERICA
From the end of World War II to the end of April 1975, CAT and Air America flew covert missions in support of American interests in Southeast Asia. The CAT/AIR AMERICA exhibit is dedicated to the personnel that took part in one of the greatest relatively unknown chapters in the annals of aviation history.
In the Space Flight gallery, the Apollo 7 spacecraft and the only Moon rock on display in North Texas anchor an extensive collection of artifacts with a full-size reproduction of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik I flying overhead.
THE HEART OF OUR HISTORY
On the north end of the building, The Heart of Our History gallery details the story of Dallas’s own Southwest Airlines, featuring a complete Boeing 737-300 aircraft and the nose section of an earlier 737-200, both accessible to the public.
NEW VIRGIN AMERICA
Virgin America’s exhibit, unveiled August 2015, tells the story of the airline’s entrance at Dallas Love Field. The exhibit includes the original “Love Letter to Love Field” written by Sir Richard Branson, photographs from the airline’s launch festivities at Love Field on Oct. 13, 2014, and video highlights of the airline’s eight-year history.