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
- 13 Galleries and Exhibits, 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.
COMMERCIAL AND GENERAL AVIATION
NEW Commemorating the centennial of the start of airmail service in the United States, the Airmail display features artifacts from early airmail service and includes models of two of the most commonly used airmail aircraft: the deHavilland DH-4 and the Pitcairn Mailwing. The newly-added display is part of the Museum’s permanent Commercial and General Aviation exhibit. READ MORE
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.
In the Space Flight gallery, the Apollo VII 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.
- BEAL AEROSPACE The Space Flight Gallery incorporates two major artifacts from Texas-based Beal Aerospace – a pioneer company in the field of privately-funded space exploration.
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.
The Love Field gallery showcases nearly 100 years of military, commercial, corporate, and private aviation history that defined this airport, which at one time was the world’s tenth busiest.
- BRANIFF The Braniff Gallery (re)opened August 19, 2017 with extensive additions. The gallery traces the history of one of America’s most colorful airlines from its humble one-aircraft beginnings in 1928, through its worldwide expansion through the 1960s and 1970s, to its final flight in 1982.
Please note that artifacts on display are subject to change and exhibits may occasionally be closed to the public for maintenance without prior notice.