National Museum of Naval Aviation

Although the U.S. was the birthplace of aviation, it was Europe that nurtured the fledgling industry. Consequently, the U.S. Navy had no ready source of American-made airplanes at the start of WW I, other than Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. However, major federal government investments in aeronautic research and engineering restored U.S. supremacy in aviation technology while giving rise to such aerospace giants as Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, Lockheed, Martin, and Northrop. The many innovations achieved by U.S. aerospace engineering firms are exemplified in the museum's displays of more than 140 naval aircraft from 1911 to the present.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace, Other
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Naval aviation in the U.S. was officially "born" on May 8, 1911, when the Navy placed a $25,000 order for two Curtiss A-1 "Triad" hydroplanes. To convince the Secretary of the Navy of the plane's practical value, Glenn Curtiss was required to land the hydroplane alongside a battleship, be hoisted aboard, and be returned to the water for take-off.
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