Step inside the cockpit of the US’s most iconic war planes


The National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton Ohio is a treasure trove of the greatest, most iconic aircraft in history, which you can tour at home, online, right now, for free.

From the propeller-driven planes of World War I, to the fighters and bombers that turned the tide against Hitler in World War II, all the way up to today’s fleet staples and experimental aircraft that never made the cut, the museum’s virtual tour is an aviation nut’s dream come true.

But even better than a digital walk through, the museum provides excellent high definition panoramic photos of the interiors of some of the most beloved aircraft in history.

In the slides below, step into at the cockpits of the B-29, B-52, SR-71, and many, many more.

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title=”Here we see the cockpit of the SPAD XIII C.1, a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720d84c52bcd0210c8bf379/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
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[slide
permalink=”/#the-world-war-ii-section-is-stacked-2″
title=”The World War II section is stacked.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720da2c52bcd023008bf418/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-std.html”
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[slide
permalink=”/#here-we-see-the-a-the-british-spitfire-mk-vcs-cockpit-3″
title=”Here we see the a the British Spitfire Mk. Vc’s cockpit.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720d2ea910584cc5e8bf29c/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/024/Spitfire%20Mk.%20Vc%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#with-big-bombers-like-the-b-29-superfortress-you-get-a-view-of-the-pilots-station-4″
title=”With big bombers like the B-29 Superfortress you get a view of the pilot’s station…”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720df949105844d018bf4a6/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/035/B-29%20Pilot%20Station.html”
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[slide
permalink=”/#-and-the-bombardier-5″
title=”… and the bombardier.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720df9391058424008bf412/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/035/B-29%20Bombardier.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#heres-the-view-from-the-b-26g-marauders-waste-gunner-station-6″
title=”Here’s the view from the B-26G Marauder’s waste gunner station.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e14b52bcd0320c8bf400/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/028/B-26G%20Waist%20Gunner%20Station.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#moving-on-to-the-southeast-asia-war-section-heres-the-view-from-the-cockpit-of-the-long-serving-b-52ds-pilot-station-7″
title=”Moving on to the Southeast Asia War section, here’s the view from the cockpit of the long-serving B-52D’s pilot station…”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e1c352bcd0210c8bf3be/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/041/B-52D%20Pilot%20Station.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#-and-heres-the-view-from-the-tail-gunners-station-8″
title=”… and here’s the view from the tail gunner’s station.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e20352bcd025008bf433/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/041/B-52D%20Tail%20Gunner.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#now-in-the-cold-war-section-we-can-see-into-the-front-cockpit-of-the-legendary-sr-71-blackbird-9″
title=”Now, in the Cold War section, we can see into the front cockpit of the legendary SR-71 Blackbird…”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e4ce52bcd020008bf39d/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/068/SR-71A%20Front%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#-and-the-rear-cockpit-10″
title=”… and the rear cockpit.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e4f952bcd026008bf57c/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/068/SR-71A%20Rear%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#heres-the-f-4g-wild-weasels-front-cockpit-11″
title=”Here’s the F-4G Wild Weasel’s front cockpit…”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e5c852bcd01d7b8bf1c7/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/070/F-4G%20Front%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#-and-the-rear-cockpit-12″
title=”… and the rear cockpit.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e5c852bcd01b008bf5a2/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/070/F-4G%20Rear%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#here-is-the-c-130s-pilot-station-the-c-130-is-still-in-use-today-13″
title=”Here is the C-130’s pilot station. The C-130 is still in use today.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e6529105844e018bf665/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/090/C-130E%20Pilot%20Station.html”
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[slide
permalink=”/#here-is-the-pilots-station-of-the-c-17-iii-globemaster-a-mainstay-of-todays-air-force-and-one-of-the-biggest-aircraft-in-the-museum-14″
title=”Here is the pilot’s station of the C-17 III Globemaster, a mainstay of today’s Air Force and one of the biggest aircraft in the museum.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e6c791058427008bf48d/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/090/C-17%20Flight%20Deck%20View.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#heres-the-cockpit-of-the-b-1b-lancer-15″
title=”Here’s the cockpit of the B-1B Lancer…”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720ec5352bcd05b008bf514/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/075/B-1B%20Pilot%20Station.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#-and-the-electronic-systems-bay-16″
title=”… and the electronic systems bay.”
content=”Full panoramic view
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720ec5352bcd026008bf5bd/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
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]
[slide
permalink=”/#heres-the-cockpit-of-the-beloved-a-10a-17″
title=”Here’s the cockpit of the beloved A-10a.”
content=”Full panoramic view”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720ec5352bcd028008bf4a0/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/072/A-10A%20Cockpit.html”
]
[slide
permalink=”/#despite-all-weve-seen-weve-only-scratched-the-surface-at-the-national-museum-of-the-us-air-force-but-well-be-back-soon-18″
title=”Despite all we’ve seen, we’ve only scratched the surface at the National Museum of the US Air Force, but we’ll be back soon.”
content=”Take the tour for yourself here.”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5720e99652bcd01a008bf459/image.jpg”
source=”NMUSAF”
caption=””
credit_href=”http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/”
]
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