The museum's F-14 Tomcat could fly nearly 1600 miles per hour and is the type of aircraft that was used in the movie Top Gun.
Bell 47K Helicopter
Tulsa is no stranger to vertical flight. The museum’s Bell 47K/HTL-7 was the first factory-built instrument trainer helicopter for the U.S. Navy and is one of only two left of the original 18 built.
One of the world’s first amphibious ultralights, the XTC (Ecstasy) was manufactured in Jenks, Oklahoma. It was designed to be disassembled and towed on a standard boat trailer to your favorite lake allowing you to fly high above the water and look down on the lake-locked boaters.
TASM’s aircraft engine exhibit includes an 18 cylinder radial engine that you can push a button and see inside to understand how it works. Also on exhibit is the first mass-produced jet engine, the Jumo 004 that was used on aircraft by Germany during World War II.
The Schleicher Ka-6E sailplane is a 1967 model built in Germany. The Schleicher was a very popular type of sailplane and held many records through the years.
The Spartan NP-1 was built in Tulsa in 1941. It was the most numerous aircraft built by the Spartan Aircraft Company during its thirty year existence. President George Herbert Walker Bush took his solo flight in a Spartan NP-1 during World War II.
The Ranger 2000, built by Rockwell International for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training (JPATS) competition performed all of its flight testing in Tulsa so that it could be evaluated by the Air Force and Navy.
Duncan McIntyre, the Father of Tulsa Aviation, created the city’s first commercial airport just two miles south of where Tulsa Airport Authority would eventually be built. This replica of his hangar allows visitors to learn about the Early Birds of Tulsa aviation.
Built in Tulsa in 1931 by the Spartan Aircraft Company the C-2 was an effort to create a less expensive aircraft that might sell during the Great Depression.
The Viper F-16 wind tunnel lets you sit in the cockpit and operate a 6 foot long model F-16 inside the tunnel. By working the control stick and rudder pedals you can see the control surfaces move, allowing the F-16 to pitch, roll and yaw.
The Survivors exhibit allows visitors to make a selection on the touch-screen monitor and hear the stories of Pearl Harbor survivors and what they were doing on that fateful day, December 7, 1941.
American Airlines Exhibit
Air travel was once a formal affair. Not only was the flight crew dressed to the nines but the passengers also sported suits, neckties and dresses.
Tulsa Municipal Airport
The Tulsa Municipal Airport terminal built in 1932, was in the Art Deco style. The museum’s recreation of that terminal features much of the beautiful styling that included the welcoming angel over the entrance and the fanciful aviation motif of the original. Actual artifacts from that aviation icon are featured inside the exhibit.
The Space Maneuvering Unit
The Space Maneuvering Unit (SMU) gives folks a feel for what it’s like to work in the weightlessness of outer space. Riding on a cushion of air, visitors must try to aim a laser at the target overhead and hit the bulls-eye.
The Star Cavalier was created for the early oil men. They required an aircraft that was capable of landings and take-offs from unimproved surfaces as well as short take-offs and landings. The backer of the the Star Aircraft Company of Bartlesville, Oklahoma was oil man Frank Phillips. The aircraft was designed by Phillips Petroleum Aviation Manager, W.D. Billy Parker. The company began production in 1928 and only 55 Cavaliers were completed before the Great Depression forced the closing of the company.