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  • Kellett XR-8 Helicopter

    Developed as a prototype for the USAAF in 1940s, the Kellett XR-8 tested the idea of stabilizing a helicopter by using dual offset horizontal rotors to eliminate the need to power a tail rotor. Nicknamed “Eggbeater,” the design used two intermeshing wooden propellers above the two person cabin. The

  • “Flying the ‘Hump’ Lifeline to China

    “Flying the ‘Hump’ was the foremost and by far the most dangerous, difficult, and historic achievement of the entire war. ”General Albert C. Wedemeyer, Commander, US Forces—ChinaA primary objective in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) was resupplying Allied forces fighting the Japanese military in

  • Chrysler SM-78/PGM-19A Jupiter Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile

    The Jupiter Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), in service from 1960 to 1963, was an important link between early, short-range rockets and later weapons that could reach any point on Earth. Jupiter was a close relative of the Army’s Redstone missile, and its development began in 1956 as a

  • Humanitarian Missions: Aerial Delivery

    AirdropsAirdrops are a fast and effective way to get badly needed food, water, and other critical supplies to those affected by a humanitarian crisis. Suspended above the exhibit are two simulated Container Delivery System (CDS) bundles, each at a different point in its descent. Each 48” x 48”

  • Humanitarian Exhibit: Goodwill Missions

    Goodwill MissionsThe Department of the Air Force regularly embarks upon goodwill missions in order to strengthen communities throughout the world. These missions help to create alliances and provide opportunities to airmen for vital training. Whether it is teaching water purification methods,

  • Humanitarian Exhibit: Global Firefighting

    FirefightingOutside of the traditional fire response and prevention mission, the Department of the Air Force also supports a number of firefighting initiatives that often require a total force response. Firemen protect Air Force installations and surrounding communities, providing assistance and

  • Humanitarian Exhibit: Relief and Rescue

    RescueThe United States Air Force has a long and proud history of saving lives and providing aid to the injured. When disaster strikes, highly trained USAF personnel execute seemingly impossible life-saving rescue missions in the world’s most dangerous and remote areas. These intensely driven men

  • Humanitarian Exhibit: Critical Care Response

    Transportation Isolation SystemThe Transportation Isolation System, or TIS, is an infectious disease containment unit developed by the Department of Defense to protect medical personnel and flight crews from contagions while enabling full in-flight medical care. Originally designed to safely

  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Centennial Exhibit

    The National Museum of the United States Air Force exists to educate and motivate by preserving and telling stories of Air Force and Space Force history. We collect, study, and display artifacts, documents, and images important to the heritage of US air and space power. This special exhibit


    The Soviet-designed Su-27 all-weather fighter-interceptor was created to counter the American McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. This two-seat trainer version, designated Su-27UB, entered USSR service in 1986 and still flies with Russian forces and other nations. Its NATO name is Flanker-C.The jet’s