Step inside the cockpit of the US’s most iconic war planes

The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is a treasure trove of the greatest, most iconic aircraft in history, which you can tour at home, online, right now, for free.

From the propeller-driven planes of World War I to the fighters and bombers that turned the tide against Hitler in World War II, all the way up to today’s fleet staples and experimental aircraft that never made the cut, the museum’s virtual tour is an aviation nut’s dream come true.

But even better than a digital walk through, the museum provides excellent high-definition panoramic photos of the interiors of some of the most beloved aircraft in history.

In the slides below, step into at the cockpits of the B-29, B-52, SR-71, and many more:


Here we see the cockpit of the SPAD XIII C.1, a French biplane fighter aircraft from World War I.

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The World War II section is stacked.

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Here we see the British Spitfire Mk. Vc’s cockpit.

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With big bombers like the B-29 Superfortress, you get a view of the pilot’s station …

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… and the bombardier.

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Here’s the view from the B-26G Marauder’s waist-gunner station.

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Moving on to the Southeast Asia War section, here’s the view from the cockpit of the long-serving B-52D’s pilot station …

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… and here’s the view from the tail gunner’s station.

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Now, in the Cold War section, we can see into the front cockpit of the legendary SR-71 Blackbird …

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… and the rear cockpit.

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Here’s the F-4G Wild Weasel’s front cockpit …

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… and the rear cockpit.

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Here is the C-130’s pilot station. The plane is still in use today.

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Here is the pilot’s station of the C-17 Globemaster III, a mainstay of today’s Air Force and one of the biggest aircraft in the museum.

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Here’s the cockpit of the B-1B Lancer …

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… and the electronic-systems bay.

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Here’s the cockpit of the beloved A-10a.

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Despite all we’ve seen, we’ve scratched only the surface at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, but we’ll be back soon.

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Take the tour for yourself here.