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  • De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth

    This classic British trainer made its first flight on Oct. 26, 1931. It is one of a number of models of light aircraft named for moths, in recognition of designer Geoffrey de Havilland's interest in moths and butterflies. It became popular with air forces throughout the United Kingdom as well as the civilian aviation market. In Britain, 8,101 were
  • Douglas O-38F

    During World War I, observation aircraft provided ground commanders with vital reconnaissance information, and throughout the interwar years, commanders of U.S. Army ground forces demanded adequate observation support. However, most ground commanders anticipated fighting a static or slow-moving war, and the observation aircraft purchased during the
  • De Havilland DH-4

    The DH-4 was an ever-present element of the U.S. Army Air Service during and after World War I. When the United States entered WWI in April 1917, the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps only had 132 aircraft, all obsolete. Modeled from a combat-tested British De Havilland design, the DH-4 was the only U.S. built aircraft to see combat during World
  • Demobilization & Reorganization

    At the time of the Japanese surrender ending World War II, the AAF was the most powerful air force in the world with a strength of some 64,000 planes, of which two-thirds were combat aircraft. Secure in the monopoly of the atomic bomb, the U.S. demobilized quickly, withdrawing troops from around the world except for relatively small forces
  • Donation of the Martin B-10

    The museum spent years searching worldwide for an example of the Martin B-10 for its collection. A wonderful example of the rich heritage of the USAF, the B-10 holds a key place in American aviation history. As the first all-metal monoplane bomber produced for the U.S. Army Air Corps in quantity, it was the predecessor to more advanced strategic

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