USAF Museum Pioneer, WWI & Pre-WWII Collection, Dayton, OH Photos

The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH has an aviation collection starting with the Wright Brothers, through planes of early aviation pioneers, World War I and development efforts leading up to World War II. Most of the airplanes in this section are biplanes.

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Entrance atrium & IMAX Theater at National Museum of the United States Air Force. Dayton, OH.Wright Military Flyer replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Military Flyer replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Military Flyer replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Entrance atrium & IMAX Theater (1991) at National Museum of the United States Air Force. Dayton, OH. Wright Military Flyer (1909) replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Military Flyer (1909) replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Military Flyer (1909) replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Wright Military Flyer replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bicycle sold by Wrights shop in 1895 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Aero Club medal presented to Wright Brothers by President William Howard Taft in 1909 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Wright Military Flyer (1909) replica with original engine at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bicycle sold by Wrights shop in 1895 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (1901) replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Aero Club medal presented to Wright Brothers by President William Howard Taft in 1909 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Louis Bleriot monoplane replica of France was first plane across English Channel at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bleriot monoplane details at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Curtiss Model D pusher biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Curtiss Model D pusher biplane detail at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Louis Bleriot monoplane (1909) replica of France was first plane across English Channel at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bleriot monoplane details at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Curtiss Model D pusher (1911) biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Curtiss Model D pusher biplane detail at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
British A.V. Roe 504K biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Avro 504K biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII biplane as flown by Americans in French Lafayette Escadrille & then WWI American Expeditionary Force at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII biplane had structure to sustain dives at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
British A.V. Roe (Avro) 504K (1918) biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Avro 504K biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII (1916) biplane as flown by Americans in French Lafayette Escadrille & then WWI American Expeditionary Force (AEF) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII (1916) biplane had structure to sustain dives at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose view of Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives VII at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Insignia of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pennant of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.World War I poster to remember German invasion by Imp. Chaix of Paris at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose view of Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives (SPAD) VII at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Insignia (1918) of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pennant (1982) of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.World War I poster (1915) to remember German invasion by Imp. Chaix of Paris at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
French pennant with coq & oak leaves at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.American World War I flight clothing at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives XIII C.1 biplane of France at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Standard Aircraft Co. J-1 biplane trainer at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
French pennant with coq & oak leaves (c1914-8) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.American World War I flight clothing at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives (SPAD) XIII C.1 (1917-9) biplane of France at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Standard Aircraft Co. J-1 biplane trainer (c1918) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Curtiss JN-4D Jenny biplane trainer became America's barnstorming plane after WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.British Sopwith Camel F-1 biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of British Sopwith Camel F-1 biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Thomas-Morse S4c Scout trainer biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Curtiss JN-4D Jenny biplane trainer (c1917-8) became America's barnstorming plane after WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.British Sopwith Camel F-1 (c1917) biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of British Sopwith Camel F-1 biplane replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Thomas-Morse S4c Scout (1917) trainer biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nieuport 28 biplane fighter replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Nieuport 28 replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caquot Type R tethered observation balloon at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Basket of Caquot Type R observation balloon where observers could see 40 miles at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nieuport 28 (1918) biplane fighter replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Nieuport 28 (1918) replica at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caquot Type R tethered observation balloon (1918-9 & 1944) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Basket of Caquot Type R observation balloon where observers could see 40 miles at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Ford Motel T Ambulance at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Halberstadt CL IV biplane fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fokker Dr. I triplane replica fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fokker Dr. VII biplane fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Ford Motel T Ambulance (1918-1920s) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Halberstadt CL IV (c1918) biplane fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fokker Dr. I (1917) triplane replica fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fokker Dr. VII (1918) biplane fighter from Germany at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
De Havilland DH-4 American-made British bomber biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Kettering unmanned Aerial Torpedo “Bug” invented in Dayton, OH at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caproni CA. 36 by Italian aeronautical engineer Gianni Caproni at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caproni CA. 36 from Italy used by allies as heavy bomber in World War I at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
De Havilland DH-4 American-made British bomber biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Kettering unmanned Aerial Torpedo “Bug” (1917) invented in Dayton, OH at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caproni CA. 36 (c1918-29) by Italian aeronautical engineer Gianni Caproni at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Caproni CA. 36 (c1918-29) from Italy used by allies as heavy bomber in World War I at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Engine of Caproni CA. 36 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Cockpit & guns of Caproni CA. 36 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Packard Lepere LUSAC 11 designed in Detroit & used in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Verville-Sperry M-1 Messenger used to experiment hooking onto airships at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Engine of Caproni CA. 36 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Cockpit & guns of Caproni CA. 36 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Packard Lepere LUSAC 11 (1917) designed in Detroit & used in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Verville-Sperry M-1 Messenger (1919-20) used to experiment hooking onto airships at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
BOEING P-12E biplane fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Douglas O-38F biplane observation aircraft at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Collection of early experimental propellers at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin MB-2 replica of first U.S.-designed bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
BOEING P-12E (1929-32) biplane fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Douglas O-38F (1931-34) biplane observation aircraft at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Collection of early experimental propellers (1920s) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin MB-2 (NBS-1) (1920) replica of first U.S.-designed bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
V-12 engine of Martin MB-2 replica bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Front view of Martin MB-2 replica bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Seaplane San Francisco biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Seaplane San Francisco biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
V-12 engine of Martin MB-2 (NBS-1) replica bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Front view of Martin MB-2 (NBS-1) replica bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Seaplane San Francisco biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Seaplane San Francisco biplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Kellett K-2/K-3 Autogiro at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Kellett K-2/K-3 Autogiro at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing P-26A replica was U.S. Army Air Corps' first all-metal monoplane fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Boeing P-26A replica fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Kellett K-2/K-3 Autogiro (1931) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Kellett K-2/K-3 Autogiro (1931) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing P-26A (Peashooter) (1932) replica was U.S. Army Air Corps' first all-metal monoplane fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose view of Boeing P-26A (Peashooter) (1932) replica fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Boeing P-26A replica fighter was last to have open cockpit & fixed wheels at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin B-10 all-metal monoplane bomber with retractable landing gear, rotating gun turret & enclosed cockpit at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin B-10 monoplane bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American Aviation O-47 observation monoplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Boeing P-26A (Peashooter) (1932) replica fighter was last to have open cockpit & fixed wheels at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin B-10 (1933-6) all-metal monoplane bomber with retractable landing gear, rotating gun turret & enclosed cockpit at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin B-10 (1933-6) monoplane bomber at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American Aviation O-47 (1934) observation monoplane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Northrop A-17A attack aircraft at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American BT-14 trainer at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American BT-14 in crash mode at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Northrop A-17A (1937-8) attack aircraft at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American BT-14 (NA-64) (c1940) trainer at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American BT-14 (NA-64) (c1940) in crash mode at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.

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