Looking back at the history of flight, one thing is clear: the sky was never the limit. From the moment humankind got off the ground, the race was on to go beyond. Faster . . . farther . . . higher . . . smarter! Today, these goals and new visions propel aerospace innovators onward and upward.
Above and Beyond is designed to ignite a passion for humankind’s greatest adventure: our journey of flight in air and space. In doing so, it honors past world-changing innovations in flight, while looking ahead to what’s next and demonstrating the impact of aerospace breakthroughs in our everyday lives.
The exhibition also serves to inspire children and young adults to imagine future careers in aerospace and support educators in building STEM awareness and skills among students of all ages.
What if we could . . .
- Get airborne wherever and whenever we wanted?
- Fly faster than the speed of sound without making a lot of noise and burning a lot of fuel to make supersonic flight the norm?
- Design ultra-green flying machines to carry more people more places and treat the planet better?
- Invent super smart flying robots to assist us in our daily lives, as delivery-bots, eco-bots, and more?
- Build a new generation of reusable space vehicles to make trips to Earth orbit as common as air travel?
At this special exhibition, design—and test-fly—your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.
Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this large-scale exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore ever more advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!
The exhibition was developed with contributions from a wide range of sources including aviation and aerospace experts, historians and archivists, as well as engineers and designers from places such as NASA and the Smithsonian. Above and Beyond made its debut at the Smithsonian in 2015.
Entry to Above and Beyond is included with museum admission.