AMERICA IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
WWI Exhibit opens April 6, 2017 and will be on display through 2018.
In recognition of Veterans Appreciation Week,
we invite all Veterans as our guests (free admission), April 6 – 16, 2017.
One of the artifacts on display will be an engineering model of the well-known Fokker Dr.1 triplane made famous by German ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen.
One of the uniform reproductions in the exhibit will be that worn by Frech ace Charles Nungesser, seen here in a photograph taken just after the war.
Although early aircraft were employed in minor skirmishes prior to 1914, World War I was the first major conflict in which the airplane – less than eleven years since its invention – was used in combat on a large scale, albeit at first only for reconnaissance. The exhibit will feature numerous original artifacts as well as large-scale models of significant aircraft, both with and without their fabric covering.
Thanks to long-time Museum supporter Jan Zirkle, the exhibit will also display reproductions of dress uniforms from three iconic aviators during the war – high-scoring American ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, airpower strategist Gen. Billy Mitchell, and French ace Charles Nungesser. A fourth uniform will represent Sgt. D.J. Donovan of the Army Air Service’s First Aero Squadron, one of the many ground support personnel that kept the Army Air Service’s aircraft in flying condition.
This special exhibit dovetails with the Centennial Celebration of Love Field, which was established as an Army flight training base in October 1917. Other WWI artifacts from the Museum’s collection are on display in the special Love Field centennial exhibit “100 Years-100 Artifacts” in the Love Field terminal building in the hallway leading to the baggage claim area.