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DAYTON, Ohio -- Northrop-McDonnell Douglas at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Messerschmitt Me 262A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo).  This was the first operational jet fighter in the world.    Luckily for the allies, they came too late and too few to swing the balance for the Luftwaffe.

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The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe ("Swallow") was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft

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The Republic F-84 Thunderjet became the Air Force’s primary strike aircraft—and a testbed for practically any mission a military mind could invent. (National Museum of the USAF)

The Republic Thunderjet became the Air Force’s primary strike aircraft—and a testbed for practically any mission a military mind could invent. (National Museum of the USAF)

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Convair Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.

Rare Supersonic Bomber Rolls Out of the Hangar for the First Time in Decades

Rare Supersonic Bomber Rolls Out of the Hangar for the First Time in Decades

Rare Supersonic Bomber Rolls Out of the Hangar for the First Time in Decades - the North American Valkyrie, originally to be a replacement for the aged stopped production after TWO ! This, the last one, has just been moved to a museum.

Col. Robin Olds with his F-4C SCAT XXVII, which is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Olds named all his aircraft after his West Point roommate Scat Davis, who could not become a military pilot due to poor eyesight. (U.S. Air Force photo).

Col Robin Olds & McDonnell Douglas "SCAT XXVII. Robin Olds was a triple-ace with 12 kills in WWll and four in Vietnam.

Douglas O-38F in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo). With a cruising speed of only 128 mph, it was obsolete by the end of the 1930s, but some O-38s remained in service at the time of Pearl Harbor in 1941. One of the first military aircraft assigned to Alaska, the O-38F on display at the museum was the first airplane to land at Ladd Field near Fairbanks, Alaska, in October 1940.

Douglas O-38F in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo). With a cruising speed of only 128 mph, it was obsolete by the end of the 1930s, but some O-38s remained in service at the time of Pearl Harbor in 1941. One of the first military aircraft assigned to Alaska, the O-38F on display at the museum was the first airplane to land at Ladd Field near Fairbanks, Alaska, in October 1940.

F-4J-46-MC Phantom (BuNo 158363) from Fighter Squadron VF-21 "Free Lancers" intercepting a Soviet Tupolev Tu-95. VF-21 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 21 February to 22 September 1979. Date 1979 Source U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation

"Phantom II" (BuNo from Fighter Squadron "Free Lancers" intercepting a Soviet Tupolev "Bear". was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 21 February to 22 September

The New Home of the Most Exotic Bomber Ever Built Is Aerospace Heaven

The New Home of the Most Exotic Bomber Ever Built Is Aerospace Heaven

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum—and it’s also home to the world’s only remaining North American Valkyrie (JPEG Image, 5200 × 1808 pixels)

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