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Air and Aircraft

From the simplest glider to the most complex fighter plane, all flight is governed by the principles of thrust, lift and drag. Explore the interactive exhibits and examine the artifacts to discover how these scientific principles affect aircraft design.

A-12 Blackbird   The first airplane made largely from titanium, a strong, light metal
F-20 Tigershark   An efficient, easy-to-fly fighter developed by Northrop that was never purchased or mass-produced
Lilienthal Glider   One of the inspirations for the Wright brothers' gliders and planes
Northrop T-38 Talon   The first twin engine, high-altitude supersonic jet trainer aircraft
Velie Monocoupe   One of the first planes ever built for private pilots
1902 Wright Glider   The plane with which the Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved controlled flight
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