James S. McDonnel Prologue Room


Portraying a century of milestone events, the Prologue Room showcases the courageous pioneers of aviation, their achievements and those of the thousands of workers who turned dreams into reality.

Hundreds of scale models, photographs, paintings and artifacts tell an amazing story of discovery.

Visitors can view large-scale models of the F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet and AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and an operational unmanned ScanEagle.

Wind-tunnel size models include Boeing's newest 787 Dreamliner, C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft and Air Force One.

Displays of rockets and missiles include full-scale models of a Harpoon radar-guided missile, JDAM smart weapon, and a Small Diameter Bomb.

At the exhibit's center are full-size engineering mockups of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft that carried America's first astronauts into space. Also on display are models of the Space Shuttle, Sky Lab, and the International Space Station.