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  • Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B

    The YQM-94A was a high altitude, long-range, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) tested in the 1970s. It was designed for long-endurance photographic reconnaissance and electronic surveillance missions.Piloted from the ground, the YQM-94A received guidance signals through a radio link. A television and other electronic equipment aboard Compass Cope
  • Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3

    The product of a 1951 joint U.S. Air Force-U.S. Army initiative, the Bell XV-3 became the world's first successful Vertical Short TakeOff and Landing (VSTOL) tilt-rotor aircraft. By combining the takeoff and hovering capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft, the XV-3 offered great military potential.Bell
  • Bell XGAM-63 Rascal

    The Rascal was an air-to-surface, supersonic guided missile tested in the 1950s. It was a “stand-off” nuclear weapon to be launched from Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombers up to 100 miles away from the target.The first launch of a guided Rascal took place in October 1953 from a Boeing DB-47 carrier aircraft, and in tests it performed with mixed
  • Boeing X-45A J-UCAS

    The pioneering X-45A demonstrated that highly autonomous uninhabited aircraft could be used to attack opposing surface-to-air defenses (called Suppression of Enemy Air Defense or SEAD).  Begun by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the program was later managed by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. During the test program, the
  • Bensen X-25A Gyrocopter

    In early 1968, the U.S. Air Force ordered three X-25 type aircraft to test methods of improving the odds of a downed flyer’s escape. At the time, the USAF was suffering heavy losses in the Rolling Thunder air campaign over North Vietnam.The unpowered Bensen X-25 Discretionary Descent Vehicle (also called a “Gyroglider”) theoretically could be
  • Barbed Wire

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This is one of five items that provide a special peek into the footlocker of a World War I American soldier. 1st Lt. Carroll DeWitt McClung was a pilot with the 28th Aero Squadron, 3rd Pursuit Group. He was trained as a pilot in the Nieuport aircraft and then flew the SPAD XIII in combat.   During World War
  • Bell X-1B

    The X-1B was one of a series of rocket-powered experimental airplanes designed to investigate supersonic flight problems. The X-1B’s flight research primarily related to aerodynamic heating and the use of small “reaction” rockets for directional control.The X-1B made its first powered flight in October 1954. A few months later, the U.S. Air Force
  • Bell P-59B Airacomet

    Designed and built in great secrecy during World War II, the P-59 was America's first jet aircraft. Although it never saw combat, the Airacomet provided training for USAAF personnel and invaluable data for the development of higher performance jet airplanes. The P-59 was powered by two General Electric turbojets developed from the British Whittle
  • Beechcraft MQM-107 Streaker

    The MQM-107 was a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) used for testing and to train U.S. Air Force interceptor crews. The Streaker could simulate the characteristics of different potential enemy targets. For instance, it could mimic the heat and radar returns of different missiles and aircraft. It could also drop chaff and flares to deceive interceptor
  • Boeing AGM-131A SRAM II

    The AGM-131A SRAM (Short Range Attack Missile) II was a short-range, self-guided nuclear weapon designed during the Cold War, but it was canceled before entering production. It was a follow-on to the original AGM-69 SRAM, which entered service in the 1970s. The air-launched, rocket-propelled SRAM II had a range of 250 miles and carried a single
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