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The National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is the largest aviation museum in the world. Apollo 15 can be found here, as well as an unused Titan
IV-B rocket. Other significant exhibits pictured here include an unflown Gemini capsule intended for the USAF MOL (Manned Orbiting Lab) program (note the hatch
through the heat shield), an unflown Mercury capsule, three recently-declassified Keyhole spy satellites, a shuttle flight deck trainer from the Johnson Space Center,
and the Discoverer 14 capsule and the plane used to snag it on the first ever air retrieval of a space capsule (1960). Also on display are several missiles and other
vehicles such as the ASSET reentry test vehicle as well as smaller items from Apollo flights and Ohio native John Glenn's first orbital flight.
Unused Titan IV-B rocket:
Hangar 4 panorama (hangar 4 represents about one-fifth of the enormous museum):
Shuttle trainer, above (only the forward nose section; the rest was fabricated for the museum). Below, the Corona program's Discoverer 14 capsule and the
C-119 'Flying Boxcar'
plane that snagged it, under parachute, from the air after reentry with a film capsule in 1960. It was the first ever aerial satellite
recovery and just the second US object and third overall ever r
ecovered from space, as well as the first ever photographic film returned from space:
Items from John Glenn's Friendship 7 launch, including pre-launch rubber overboots and unexposed film from the mission:
The first Gemini capsule intended for the USAF's Manned Orbiting Lab (MOL) program. The
astronauts would have entered the lab through a hatch in the heat shield:
Keyhole spy imaging satellites (KH-7, 8 and 9 designs) declassified in 2011 and put on display for the first time:
Missile gallery, featuring many of the ICBMs and IRBMs such as Titan and Thor that were
converted into space launch vehicles in the early days of the US space program:
The ASSET reentry vehicle, designed to test a spacecraft concept for the Dyna-Soar project which was canceled in the 1960s, and the
X-23 'Prime' (SV-5D) bodies designed to test maneuverability in the atmosphere: