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    America's Multi-Mission RocketAtlas rockets lifted some of the first US astronauts and satellites into Earth orbit in the 1960s. Atlas also was the first American nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. Atlas and its US Air Force managers and technicians played vital roles in both the

  • McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender

    The KC-10A Extender is a US Air Force advanced tanker and cargo aircraft whose primary mission is aerial refueling. Within the same mission, the KC-10 can refuel US and coalition forces aircraft using either a hose and drogue centerline refueling system or an advanced aerial refueling boom. KC-10s

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk

    Following the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, this Skyhawk, tail number N9344L, was the only civilian aircraft authorized to fly in and around New York City on September 12, 2001.To evaluate the damage caused by the destruction of the World Trade Center, the

  • 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