Vietnam Exhibit To Open At Museum Of Flight
A new exhibit about the air war in Southeast Asia, "Vietnam Divided,” will open at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit will be a permanent addition to the main gallery, with displays that focus on the years 1955 to 1975. “The exhibit is not meant to be a comprehensive history of the war,” the museum said in a news release. Instead, it will offer “new perspectives to the gallery's Vietnam War aircraft, and highlight the tactics and technology behind their use in combat.” The exhibit centers on four aircraft: a stealthy Lockheed YO-3A, a Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter and two jet fighters—the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21. Also included in the exhibit are the Vought F-8 Crusader fighter and Lockheed M/D-21 Blackbird spyplane.
The exhibit also includes aircraft found in other galleries—a Grumman A-6 Intruder, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and MiG-17. New text will add context for aircraft throughout the museum that are not commonly considered as players in the Vietnam War, such as the DC-3 that hangs in the Great Gallery. The military version, the C-47, was used for transport and as a gunship. The Super Constellation airliner, located outside the main entrance, was used in early warning communications. In November, the exhibit will extend to an entirely new outdoor space, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, opening west of the museum's Aviation Pavilion. The centerpiece of the park will be the largest plane flown in the war, a Boeing B-52 bomber.