Innovation through Conflict: Mileposts in the Evolution of Military Aviation
Located centrally within the museum's main indoor exhibit buildings, 29 climate-controlled exhibit cases tell the story of military aviation, the conflicts and personalities, technologies and tactics that have shaped our modern world. Trace aviation’s development through rare artifact displays and interpretive information. The subject matter covered spans the first tentative steps of the Great War through the conflict in Afghanistan, from flight helmets, painted A-2 leather jackets, the Home Front in WWII, POW artifacts, Hollywood's depiction of war, Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs), the Tuskegee Airman, aviation pioneer Jimmy Doolittle and General Curtis LeMay, and much more. New additions highlight the U.S. Military and its evolving inclusiveness on the basis of religion, cultural diversity, gender, and sexual orientation.