USAF Museum X Planes, Dayton, OH Photos

The National Museum of the United States Air Force exhibits a large collection of experimental and prototype aircraft.

Click thumbnail to enlarge. F11 to view website full screen.
Entrance atrium & IMAX Theater at National Museum of the United States Air Force. Dayton, OH.De Havilland DH 89 Dominie biplane transport at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fisher P-75A Eagle with 2 coaxial props at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.McDonnell XF-85 Goblin tested as parasite fighters to hook to bombers to fight off attacks when bombers beyond fighter range at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Entrance atrium & IMAX Theater (1991) at National Museum of the United States Air Force. Dayton, OH. De Havilland DH 89 Dominie (1934) biplane transport at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fisher P-75A Eagle (1942) with 2 coaxial props at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (1945) tested as parasite fighters to hook to bombers to fight off attacks when bombers beyond fighter range at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose of McDonnell XF-85 Goblin at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hook of McDonnell XF-85 Goblin test fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell XGAM-63 Rascal a missile to launch from SAC bombers at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Northrop X-4 studied swept wing flight at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose of McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (1945) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hook of McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (1945) test fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell XGAM-63 Rascal (1953) a missile to launch from SAC bombers at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Northrop X-4 (1948) studied swept wing flight at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor first rocket powered interceptor at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor first rocket powered interceptor at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell X-5 variable sweep wing test plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Bell X-5 variable sweep wing test plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor (1949) first rocket powered interceptor at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor (1949) first rocket powered interceptor at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell X-5 (1951) variable sweep wing test plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Bell X-5 (1951) variable sweep wing test plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar flying saucer from Canada at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American X-10 tested aerodynamic design at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Intake of North American X-10 tested aerodynamic design at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Douglas X-3 Stiletto tested supersonic speeds at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar flying saucer (early 1950s) from Canada at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American X-10 (1953) tested aerodynamic design at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Intake of North American X-10 (1953) tested aerodynamic design at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Douglas X-3 Stiletto (1952) tested supersonic speeds at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose of Douglas X-3 Stiletto tested supersonic speeds at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Republic YRF-84F Ficon at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell X-1B rocket-powered experimental planes tested supersonic flight at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American F-107A at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose of Douglas X-3 Stiletto (1952) tested supersonic speeds at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Republic YRF-84F Ficon (1950) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell X-1B (1954) rocket-powered experimental planes tested supersonic flight at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American F-107A (1956) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Air intakes of North American F-107A at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Republic XF-84H at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fairchild XSM-73 Bull Goose pilotless decoy missile at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Ryan X-13 Vertijet at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Air intakes of North American F-107A (1956) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Republic XF-84H (1955) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Fairchild XSM-73 Bull Goose (1950s) pilotless decoy missile at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Ryan X-13 Vertijet (VTOL) (1956) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Side view of Ryan X-13 Vertijet at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Ryan X-13 Vertijet at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3 tilt-rotor VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose & end of wing rotors of Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3 tilt-rotor VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Side view of Ryan X-13 Vertijet (VTOL) (1956) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of Ryan X-13 Vertijet (VTOL) (1956) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3 (1951) tilt-rotor VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose & end of wing rotors of Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3 (1951) tilt-rotor VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
North American X-15A-2 edge of space plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of North American X-15A-2 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel VTOL evolved into the Harrier at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel VTOL cockpit & air intake at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
North American X-15A-2 (1959-68) edge of space plane at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Nose of North American X-15A-2 (1959-68) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel (1961) VTOL evolved into the Harrier at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel (1961) VTOL cockpit & air intake at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel VTOL lifting jets at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed D-21B unmanned reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed D-21B unmanned reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed YF-12A evolved into the SR-71 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel (1961) VTOL lifting jets at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed D-21B (1964) unmanned reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed D-21B (1964) unmanned reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Lockheed YF-12A (c1964) evolved into the SR-71 at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Chance-Vought/LTV XC-142A VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Chance-Vought/LTV XC-142A VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American XB-70 Valkyrie at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Air intake of North American XB-70 Valkyrie at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Chance-Vought/LTV XC-142A (1964) VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Chance-Vought/LTV XC-142A (1964) VTOL at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.North American XB-70 Valkyrie (1964) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Air intake of North American XB-70 Valkyrie (1964) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Air intake of North American XB-70 Valkyrie at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin X-24A lifting vehicle at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Tail wings of Martin X-24A lifting vehicle at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Air intake of North American XB-70 Valkyrie (1964) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin X-24A (1970) lifting vehicle at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Tail wings of Martin X-24A (1970) lifting vehicle at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS) (1960s) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Martin X-24B wingless landing spacecraft prototype at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin X-24B wingless landing spacecraft prototype at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B high-altitude, long-range, remotely piloted vehicle for long-endurance photographic reconnaissance at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B high-altitude, long-range, remotely piloted vehicle for long-endurance photographic reconnaissance at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Martin X-24B (1972) wingless landing spacecraft prototype at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Martin X-24B (1972) wingless landing spacecraft prototype at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B (1972) high-altitude, long-range, remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) for long-endurance photographic reconnaissance at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B (1972) high-altitude, long-range, remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) for long-endurance photographic reconnaissance at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
General Dynamics Research Aircraft AFTI/F-16 for testing targeting & flight control systems at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.General Atomics Aeronautical Systems RQ-1 Predator pilotless Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance platform at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II prototype jet fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.LoFLYTE Waverider Wind Tunnel Model for X-43A which set air-breathing aircraft Mach 7 speed record at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
General Dynamics Research Aircraft AFTI/F-16 (1978-2000) for testing targeting & flight control systems at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.General Atomics Aeronautical Systems RQ-1 Predator (1994) pilotless Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) platform at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II (1991) prototype jet fighter at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.LoFLYTE Waverider Wind Tunnel Model (1996) for X-43A which set air-breathing aircraft Mach 7 speed record (2004) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Boeing X-40A Space Maneuver Vehicle at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pulsed Detonation Engine demonstration craft by ISSI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Thompson Trophy for speed record of YF-12A at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Boeing X-40A Space Maneuver Vehicle (SMV) (1998) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pulsed Detonation Engine (PDE) demonstration craft by ISSI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee (1970s) reconnaissance drone at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Thompson Trophy (1965) for speed record of YF-12A (first awarded 1929) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.

See Also:

All photos on this page are originals by & copyrighted by Jim Steinhart.
All rights reserved. Permission required to use.