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Feathers to Flight

24 May 2017

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science opened earlier this month in Miami FL—and of many intriguing exhibits is Feathers to Flight. Beginning with feather covered, or adorned, dinosaur replicas including the massive tyrannasaurid Yutyrannus haul. Subsequently advancing through birds and human aviation. The Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter (interestingly treated in a chrome-ish finish) as well as space exploration complete the timeline.

Yutyrannus huali, largest know feathered dinosaur (early Cretaceous Period)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Yutyrannus huali, largest know feathered dinosaur (early Cretaceous Period)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Caudipteryx sp. which was a small feathered dinosaur (early Cretaceous Period)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Owl of the modern day—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Replica of an Otto Lilienthal glider (1890s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Replica of an Otto Lilienthal glider (1890s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Closer view of the X-frame and wing spreaders (stiffeners) of the Otto Lilienthal glider replica (1890s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Models of various aircraft (1930s through the 1950s) having an impact upon Miami’s aviation history—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Model of an Eastern Airlines (formerly based in Miami) Lockheed Constellation—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Model of the Curtiss Triad, second airplane to fly in Miami (after a Wright Flyer B). Glenn Curtiss founded a flying school and airfields in Miami which include what became Miami International Airport—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

4 o’clock view of the Curtiss Triad model—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Model of the Pan American Airways Sikorsky S-42 which many call the beginning of PAA’s long-range international flying clippers with a base in Dinner Key (now Miami’s City Hall)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

4 o’clock vouw of the PAA Sikorsky S-42 model—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Scale model of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. Unofficially her ill-fated round-the-world attempt began in Miami with this aircraft—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter in chrome (1950s through the 1980s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Wind tunnel-esque model of a Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter (1950s through the 1980s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter in chrome (1950s through the 1980s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter in chrome (1950s through the 1980s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Mercury/Redstone, Gemini/Titan and Apollo/Saturn V to scale (1960s) and note the massive size increase for a moon shot as opposed to Low-Earth-Orbit—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Apollo Command and Service Modules as they would have appeared traveling to the Moon and back (late 1960s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Voyager scale model, Voager 1 (1970s through the present) is the 1st man-made object to reach the heliosheath on its way to leave our solar system after a recce through the solar system—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

Mosquito Aviation XE homebuilt helicopter of the early 2000s—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft image

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deano permalink
    26 May 2017 04:39

    Hi Joe, An interesting looking museum. Any further info there as to why the F-5B was “chromed”? Some sort of mockup or display model?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      26 May 2017 07:09

      Not that I know, but I observe that this is a children’s science museum which is long on oooh-aaah and short on information including historical contexts–simply, there is precious little to read at the exhibits. I think the F-5B was chromed to remove any military signature as well as to enhance its oooh-aaah factor. Missed is the opportunity to illustrate area rule with the F-5’s pleasing wasp waist and segue into 3-D airflow instead of how airflow is usually addressed in 2-D as in the large video of airstream flows on the back wall. There is a paper airplane folding and flying table though 😉

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