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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.


The museum’s two F-7F Tigercats and P-38 Lightning will be on tour Saturday, November 12th through Thursday, December 8th. All other aircraft will be on display throughout this period.

The museum will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:
Thursday, November 24
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Sunday, January 1
Happy Holidays!