A-12 trainer taking off
USAF

Air & Aircraft

From the simplest glider to the most complex fighter plane, all flight is governed by the principles of thrust, lift and drag. Explore the interactive exhibits and examine the artifacts to discover how these scientific principles affect aircraft design.

Exhibit Highlights

  • Air and Aircraft A-12

    A-12 Blackbird

    The first airplane made largely from titanium, a strong, light metal

  • Air and Aircraft F-20 Tigershark

    F-20 Tigershark

    An efficient, easy-to-fly fighter developed by Northrop that was never purchased or mass-produced

  • Northrop T-38 Talon

    Northrop T-38 Talon

    The first twin engine, high-altitude supersonic jet trainer aircraft

  • An F/A-18A lands on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

    F/A-18 Hornet

    Fights in the sky, attacks spots on the ground, and can fly in almost any weather

  • Velie Monocoupe in gallery

    Velie Monocoupe

    One of the first planes ever built for private pilots

  • 1902 Wright Glider flying

    1902 Wright Glider

    The plane with which the Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved controlled flight