The James Webb Space Telescope, launched December 25, 2021, is the largest and most powerful telescope ever deployed. This $10 billion telescope was designed to collect light in the near-infrared spectrum which is the optimum wavelength to allow for the detection of very distant objects. In fact, the telescope allows astronomers to peer back in time to within 180 million years after the Big Bang which is even before the first galaxies formed!
Dedicated on October 28, 1886, “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”, was a gift from the people of France to the United States. This copper statue reaches over 305’ from ground level and has become a symbol of freedom and democracy.
A symbol of Americana, Ford trucks have outsold every other vehicle in US history with the F-150 model reigning as king. The 1982 Ford F-150 was the first model to feature the now iconic blue Ford oval emblem on the grille. This model year also introduced a stronger frame, which would underpin this series for about 15 years.
Ford Trimotor was the world’s first luxury airliner when it took to the skies in the late 1920s. Nicknamed the “Tin Goose”, it featured an aluminum corrugated sheet-metal body and wings and was powered by three 420-hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines. Due to its rugged dependability Admiral Byrd chose it for his attempt to be the first person to fly over the South Pole, which he did on November 28, 1929.
Served as a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber for the allied forces during World War II. It was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. The plane was designed and built around its powerful 2000 horse power Pratt and Whitney radial engine. Due to its thick and massive appearance, it came to be known as ‘The Jug.’
Air Force One is the official call sign for any Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States, though the term most commonly refers to the two Boeing 747 jets bearing the iconic Water and Steel Blue livery.
The Boeing 747 Air Force One, houses an executive suite and private office for the President, as well as a medical annex and communications room featuring at least 19 televisions and 87 telephones. The plane can fuel in midair, contains countermeasures against anti-aircraft missiles and features special shielding to protect the electronics from an electromagnetic pulse resulting from a nuclear attack.
UH-1 Huey® commonly referred to as the ‘Huey’, the Bell® UH-1 Iroquois is arguably the most famous helicopter in the world. Created primarily for utility and medical evacuation purposes, the UH-1 first flew in 1956 and entered combat service during the Vietnam War. A Hollywood icon, the Huey has been featured in many motion pictures and television series.
As the largest ship afloat, the Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Departing on April 10th, 1912, the Titanic sailed for 5 days before hitting an iceberg at 2:20 AM on April 15th. Of the 2,223 souls aboard, only 710 survived the crash and frigid waters off the coast of Nova Scotia.
The USS Midway (CV-41) is a US Naval aircraft carrier named after the World War II Battle of Midway. This carrier was commissioned one week after the end of that war and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. The USS Midway served during the Vietnam War, as well as in other engagements before being decommissioned in 1992. The carrier currently resides at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
This WWII German tank featured a larger turret ring designed for tank-to-tank combat. More than 8000 Panzer IV tanks were produced during the war, comprising approximately half the German tank forces on the Western Front.
The Battle of the Ironclads, also known as the Battle of Hampton Roads, was fought over a two-day period during the American Civil War. This battle marked the first engagement between armor-plated warships heralding the evolution from wooden to steel military vessels.
Created for the United States Postal Service, the Grumman LLV is the most common delivery vehicle for postal deliveries in North America. Entering service in 1987, the LLV (Long Life Vehicle) can carry up to 1,000 lbs. of cargo.