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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, June 3, 2013

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Visit: Early Years Gallery Display Brings Us Back to Earth

By Fred Harl
Our visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force included a brief stop at the Early Years Gallery to reflect on just how far aviation has come in the last century.  Aircraft  from a variety of countries are featured, making the point that the U.S. was not the leading aircraft producer in the first two decades of flight.  Balloons, the Wright Brothers, World War I era aircraft and B-10 and P-26 monoplanes from the 1930s are featured.  Here is a peek at the collection to hold you until you make your next visit:

Wright 1909 Flyer (1955 Reproduction)

Curtiss 1911 Model D



Avro 504K

Nieuport 28

Sopwith F-1 Camel

Halberstadt CL IV

Caquot Type R Observation Balloon

DeHavilland DH-4

Caproni Ca. 36

Packard LePere LUSAC 11

Martin MB-2

Curtiss P-6E Hawk

Boeing P-26A Peashooter

Douglas O-38F

Martin B-10

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