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Controlling the Skies – June 1944 to September 1945

This gallery examines the last stage of the war as the build-up of American airpower led to Allied dominance in the skies over Europe and the Pacific.  Visitors will learn how advancements in aviation technology and production led to air supremacy in all theaters, and ultimate victory on the ground.

Key events in this gallery include the invasions of Normandy and Southern France, the push across Europe into Germany, the final stages of the carrier war and the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, and ultimate victory worldwide.

Controlling the Skies tells the story of the last phase of the air war, and the role that American airpower played in the Allied victory over Germany and Japan.


Independence Day Celebration:
Aeroplanes and Automobiles!

On Display Outside
July 4 from 10am until 5pm.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation
will be closed September 22-27
for the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show