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The Early Birds
Discover Oklahoma’s early aviation pioneers! From the state’s first aviation event, involving a smoke filled-balloon, to a replica of McIntyre Hanger, Tulsa’s first airport terminal, this exhibit introduces visitors to Oklahoma’s early connection to aviation history and the aerospace industry. The Star Cavalier soars above this exhibit. Designed by Billy Parker, Phillips Petroleum’s Chief Pilot, this plane is one of only 55 produced for early oilmen like Frank Phillips.
The Golden Age
Step back into the 1930’s in the recreated Art Deco-style Tulsa Municipal Airport terminal. Get an up-close look at a Spartan NP-1, a crank-start bi-plane built in Tulsa by Spartan Aircraft Company to train U.S. Navy reserve units. Learn how Tulsa became a hub for aviators like Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post during the Golden Age of flight, the home of aviation innovators like Spartan Aircraft Company, and the busiest airport in the world.
World War II
From training pilots for the U.S. and British militaries, to manufacturing aircraft vital to the war effort, Tulsa played an important role in military aviation leading up to and during WWII. View pilot logs and read accounts from Oklahomans serving in the military during World War II. Discover Tulsa’s unique connection to the birth of the Israeli Air Force at our “Spartan Boys” exhibit. Meet the crew of the Tulsamerican, the last B-24 built by Douglas Aircraft Company in Tulsa during WWII, and follow the story of this bomber to discover its importance and eventual fate during the war. Be sure to check out the Spartan Executive 12, the only one in the world, built at the end of WWII, it was the last civilian aircraft Spartan ever made.
The Survivors exhibit tells the remarkable stories of the brave Oklahomans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and other war experiences. A short documentary allows visitors to hear these accounts in the survivors’ own words.
The Jet Age
Tulsa has been home to many important pioneers in the aviation industry – Spartan Aircraft Company, Douglas Aircraft Company, American Airlines, Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, to name a few. Visit our Engines exhibit to see the evolution from the first mass-produced jet engine, the Junkers Jumo 004, to the engines used in commercial air travel today. Discover how American Airlines found its home in Tulsa, and how the company has continued to advance aerospace innovation through the years.
The Space Age
Accepting President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon, Tulsa became a hotbed of activity for the space program. This exhibit features NASA artifacts and highlights Oklahoma astronauts. Kids act as Mission Control as they launch a space shuttle, and get to experience what working in space is like as they maneuver a space shuttle robotic arm!
Other Hands-on Exhibits
The Rockwell Ranger 2000 is a jet trainer, and one of only 3 built for Air Force testing. Kids become the pilot by climbing in the cockpit to operate controls.
The F-14 Tomcat fighter jet prominently occupies the center of Hangar One museum. Capable of reaching speeds near 2.5 times the speed of sound, its primary missions were fleet air defense and precision air strikes. Visitors can climb up to an observation platform where they can look inside the cockpit and learn about the F-14’s history from military defense, to “Top Gun”, to its eventual retirement from the U.S. Navy.
Do you think you have what it takes to fly a jet? Step into the cockpit and find out at our Viper F-16 Wind Tunnel! This exhibit allows visitors to experience pitch, roll, and yaw using a control stick and rudder pedals to fly a model F-16.
Hangar One museum features many other rare and significant aircraft, including: Spartan C-2, Bell 47K Helicopter, XTC (Ecstasy), and Schleicher Ka-6e. Talk to any of our knowledgeable staff about the fascinating history of these aircraft.