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12. Stits SA-2A Sky Baby. The Stits SA-2A Sky Baby was a homebuilt aircraft designed for the challenge of claiming the title of "The World's Smallest". The aircraft was test flown by Bob Starr on 26 May 1952 at Palm Springs, California. It was retired in October 1952 after 25 hours of flight time. The aircraft was eventually donated to the National Air and Space Museum for display.


11. Dassault MD 315 Flamant. The Dassault MD 315 Flamant is a French light twin-engined transport airplane built shortly after World War II by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force. Dassault Aircraft Factory, France. Circa 1948-1957.


10. Rockwell B-1B Lancer on static display following the rollout ceremonies at Rockwell International aircraft assembly complex. Palmdale, California, USA. 1984. Photo by Bob Simons.


9. Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation. A Trans World Airlines L-1049H Super Constellation aircraft taxies on the runway at Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana, showcasing a bygone era in civilian passenger air service, during an Open House and Air Show, held on Base. Visible in the background are US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, which were rolling from the assembly line, around the time the four engine propeller driven airliner was being retired. 2004. Photo by Michael A. Kaplan.


8. Canadair CP-107 Argus (CL-28) taking off from Sola AFB in 1965. The Canadair CP-107 Argus (CL-28) was a marine reconnaissance aircraft designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In its early years, the Argus was reputedly the finest anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world.


7. Boeing B-747. In this 1974 NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) photograph, the two chase aircraft, a Learjet and a Cessna T-37, are shown in formation off the right wing tip of the Boeing B-747 jetliner. The two chase aircraft were used to probe the trailing wake vortices generated by the airflow around the wings of the B-747 aircraft. The vortex trail behind the right wing tip was made visible by a smoke generator mounted under the wing of the B-747 aircraft.


6. Blackburn B-20. An unusual prototype British hybrid floatplane/flying boat which sported retracting main and wing floats. First flight 26 March 1940.


5. Bristol Type 138. The Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane was a British high-altitude research aircraft developed and produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company during the 1930s. It holds the distinction of setting nine separate altitude world records, the ultimate of these happened during a 2¼-hour flight flown by Flight Lieutenant M.J. Adam, in which he achieved a record altitude, which was later homologated by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as having attained a maximum altitude of 53,937 ft (16,440 m).


4. Laird-Turner Meteor LTR-14. The Laird-Turner RT-14 Meteor, also called the Turner TR-14, Ring Free Meteor, PESCO Special, Miss Champion, Turner Special and the Turner Meteor was the winning aircraft of the 1938 and 1939 Thompson Trophy races. Photo by Rudy Arnold.


3. Antonov An-225. An Antonov An-225 cargo jet with the Buran reusable space shuttle on external store at the Kiev Gostomel Airfield, having arrived from the Baikonur space center to further proceed to the Le Bourget aerospace show near Paris. Kiev, USSR. May 19, 1989. Photo by Igor Kostin.


2. Bréguet Deux-Ponts. The Bréguet 761/763/765 are a family of 1940s and 1950s French double-deck transport aircraft produced by Bréguet Aviation. The aircraft were normally called the Deux-Ponts (Double-Decker) but it was not an official name. First flight 15 February 1949.


1. Northrop X-21A. The Northrop X-21A was an experimental aircraft designed to test wings with laminar flow control. It was based on the Douglas WB-66D airframe, with the wing-mounted engines moved to the rear fuselage and making space for air compressors. The aircraft first flew on 18 April 1963 with NASA test pilot Jack Wells at the controls.