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Gallery 104 — it is all about the UAV from the 1990s onward

7 March 2012

Gallery 104 — it is all about the UAV from the 1990s onward

During the March 2009 visit to the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall, I saw the construction of a new gallery, one for modern the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) — Gallery 104. This exhibit is on the west end and stands the full tow storied height of the museum — lending the opportunity to see the aircraft from below as well as at eye level from the second floor balcony. The photos, below, show three aircraft but there are five on display in the completed gallery and all of them will be addressed in subsequent posts during the following weeks. Gallery 104 illustrates the marriage of modern materials and electronics as compared to UAVs from the 1960s through the 198os like the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH, Lockheed Aquila MQM-104 Aquila, and Lockheed D-21. Simply put, UAVs are now significant in today’s armed forces as well as elsewhere.

March 2009 Gallery 104 in preparation at the Air & Space Museum on the National Mall (DarkStar and Predator are in place with the X-45A being raised at the moment) — photo by Joseph May

Predator, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, the most famous of UAVs— photo by Joseph May

2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    7 March 2012 22:23

    A most spectacular display! The UAV truly is the wave of the future.

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