The Early Years

The museum's Early Years Gallery conveys the magic and wonder of the formative days of military air power. The gallery's aircraft collection, exhibits and artifacts combine to capture the spirit of imagination of that transformational era, chronicling the time from the Wright brothers and their contemporaries, through World War I and to the lead up to World War II.

A number of aircraft photos were shot using a Fisheye Lens, which...when "unfolded" to present a normal view, may contain slight distortions. The use of this lens was necessary as there wasn't enough room using a standard lens to back away from the subject material which would enable capturing the entire object. (photos by George & Nadine Smith)

Aircraft included in this gallery include:

Wright 1909 Military Flyer
Curtiss 1911 Model D
Bleriot Monoplane
Standard J-1
SPAD VII
Curtiss JN-4D Jenny
Avro 504K
Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
Nieuport 28
Fokker Dr. I
Sopwith F-1 Camel
Halberstadt CL IV
Caquot Type R Observation Balloon
SPAD XIII C.1
Kettering Aerial Torpedo "Bug"
Standard J-1 (fabric removed)
Fokker D. VII
De Havilland DH-4
Caproni Ca. 36
Packard LePere LUSAC 11
Consolidated PT-1 Trusty
Martin MB-2
G-3 Target Glider
Curtiss P-6E Hawk
Boeing P-12E
Kellet K-2/K-3 Autogiro
Boeing P-26A
Douglas O-38F
Martin B-10
Northrop A-17A
Ryan YPT-16
Curtiss O-52 Owl
Schneider Schulgleiter SG 38
Fairchild PT-19A Cornell
North American BT-14
North American O-47B
De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa
Eberhart SE-5E

Aircraft Engines Included in this gallery:

Curtiss Four-Cylinder
Wright 6-60
Roberts Model 4-X
Kirkham Four-Cylinder
Sturtevant 5A
Curtiss V2-3
Curtiss OX-5
Oberursel UR-2 Rotary
Gnome N-9
Hispano-Suiza Model A
Liberty 12-Cylinder
Wright R-790
Liberty 12-A Inverted
Curtiss D-12
Lawrance L-4S
Ansaldo
Almen A-4 Barrel
Wright R-1820 Cyclone
Ranger L-440