The Lighter Than Air Gallery focuses on the development of balloons and airships (both rigid and non-rigid), from the Montgolfier Brothers first balloon ascension in 1783 to current day technology.
This gallery focuses on the development and use of flight training aids to advance the safety and reliability of manned flight. Flight simulators are used for a variety of reasons, including flight training (mainly of pilots), for design and development of the aircraft itself, and for research into aircraft characteristics and control handling qualities. Several different devices are utilized in modern flight training. Cockpit procedures demonstration trainers are used to practice basic cockpit procedures, such as processing emergency checklists, and for cockpit familiarization.
The Richard W. Cree Gallery is the main display gallery of the Museum, taking up all floor space in the south building not assigned to specific galleries. It is home to our large aircraft.
This gallery traces the history of Braniff International, one of America’s most colorful airlines, from its humble one-aircraft beginnings in 1928, through its worldwide expansion during the 1960s and 1970s, to its final flight in 1982.