Milestones of Flight

     These are some of the most important aircraft in the history of aviation.  All are on exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  Throughout our site we have indicated other planes in the National Air and Space Collection.  Look for the logo:


Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer First manned powered flight.
"Spirit of St. Louis" First plane to solo the Atlantic Ocean
Lockheed Vega 2nd plane to sole the Atlantic.  First by a woman, Amelia Earhart.
Douglas World Cruiser First Plane to fly around the world.
Northrop Alpha Introduced bold new engineering design.
Bell X-1 First aircraft to break the sound barrier
Douglas D-558-2 First aircraft to fly twice the speed of sound.
North  American X-15 First aircraft to explore the threshold of space
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