They have what I consider to be one of the most amazing WWII planes there, the Corsair F4U. It's positioned beautifully on wires in a flight position. I'll see if I can dig up some photos of it. They don't have a Zero there. They do have a Black Widow, which seems like it is all engine with just enough fuselage to hold it together. There are some Vietnam era helicopters as well, which I think are amazingly versatile machines. What's cool is my wife's father worked on those as an engineer.
There's a few WWI planes there, but the really, really early French ones and not the English or American ones. I'd like to see some of those. I used to build a replica (actually a reproduction) of the Waco YMF-5 that wasn't too dissimilar from the Hawker and Stearman models used by the Army Air Force late in the war.
I think what I liked about WWII is that they went into the war flying open cockpit, skin on frame biplanes and went out flying jets - in six years time (counting the China campaign). Oh sure, there were some metal skin monoplanes, but biplanes were common for scouting and training.
There's also a lot of commercial craft. Here's two pictures with my Dad. In one he's by a Cub. He was the structures engineer for its restoration and he sat in its cockpit. The second is him by an Apache, which for a time was the world's most successful twin engine light craft. Dad was on the design team for that plane. A lot of guys were, but as far as I'm concerned that's one of Dad's planes. The particular plane in the photo has over 100,000 hours, and it was flown by the owner to Dulles airport when he donated it to the museum. Dad laughed when he read it and said, "I bet those aren't the original engines!" The pictures aren't too good, but I like bragging on my Dad.
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