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.
- AMERICA IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR In observance of the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, the Museum presents a temporary exhibit about the conflict, “America in the First World War,” opening on April 6, 2017. The exhibit features numerous original artifacts as well as large-scale models of significant aircraft, both with and without their fabric covering. READ MORE
- STEARMAN PT-17 “KAYDET” BIPLANE This immaculately-restored example of the iconic biplane was used to trained thousands of pilots for World War II. Also known as “the Yellow Peril,” the PT-17 first flew in 1934. Over 10,000 were built through 1945, and over 1,000 are still flying today. It was used by the Army Air Corps, the Navy (under the designation N2S), and the Royal Canadian Air Force, where it was given the nickname “Kaydet.”
- DUVAL 1/48 SCALE MODEL AIRCRAFT COLLECTION What may be the largest collection of museum-quality scale model aircraft in Texas is now on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Crafted by Master Modeler Al Duval.
- 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.
- TUSKEGEE AIRMEN EXHIBIT
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.
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.
- VIRGIN AMERICA The Virgin America 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.
Please note that artifacts on display are subject to change and exhibits may occasionally be closed to the public for maintenance without prior notice.