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  • Women in the Air Force – displays in Early Years Gallery

    British Female Pilots Lead the WayIn October 1941, Mary Wilkins-Ellis joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), a British civilian organization established during World War II to transport aircraft from factories to active service squadrons. The ATA employed pilots considered unsuitable for military

  • Women’s Army Corps in Europe

    “The WAC has been of inestimable value...Its members have worked devotedly, often at arduous tasks requiring exceptional performance.”            —General Carl Spaatz, US Strategic Air Forces commander   About half of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) personnel—or “WACs”—sent overseas served in Europe. 

  • World War I Pennants from French Women

     Note: This item is currently in storage.On April 12, 1919, a flag presentation ceremony was held in Paris in honor of the Air Service, A.E.F. Hundreds of banners, hand made by French women, were presented to representatives of the various U.S. squadrons that had served in France during WWI.Five of

  • WWI Liberty Bond Poster

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The posters created during World War I often reinforced the idea that it was every individual’s responsibility to support the war effort.   The artist of this poster, Charles Raymond Macauley, combined a simple message with powerful imagery in support of the

  • WWI Cadet Minstrel, 3rd Aviation Instruction Center

    Note: This item is currently in storage The 3rd Aviation Instruction Center at Issoudun, France was a training school for American pilots new to the Front.  There, student pilots received advanced flight training by French and American instructors and were introduced to the speedy pursuit aircraft

  • WWI U.S. Ambulance Service Patch

    Note: This item is currently in storage. At the outbreak of World War I, the American Field Service was organized by Americans who were living in Paris. They volunteered themselves to be ambulance drivers and medical staff for the French and British Armies. The United States had not yet entered WWI

  • Wright Modified “B” Flyer

    This airplane is a modified version of the Wright “B” Flyer, the first model produced in quantity by the Wright brothers. It is representative of the Signal Corps Airplanes No. 3 and No. 4 purchased by the US Army in 1911, and it was used for training pilots and conducting aerial experiments. At

  • World War I Binoculars

    Note: This item is currently in storage. Binoculars, known as field glasses, were a very important piece of equipment for U.S. soldiers -- especially critical for observation (by land or balloon). "Field glasses" were in short supply, many soldiers either brought their own personal binoculars or

  • World War I Aviator Pin

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Front design is a wreath with bow at bottom and a triptych crown at top. Centered within the wreath opening is a scene of an aircraft flying over mountains, fields and buildings in Europe.Back is engraved:HANS EHLSHOT DOWNJULY 1 1917BY LE ROY PRINZAt the

  • Williams International F112-WR-100 Turbofan

    This type of small turbofan engine powered the X-36A, a remotely piloted aircraft used in 1996 to demonstrate the tailless agile fighter concept. Because the X-36A was a scaled-down version of a potential fighter design, the small Williams F112 engine was ideal for the project. The F112 also powered