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Located in the museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery, the Bell X-1 was the first aircraft to travel faster than the speed of sound, piloted by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager in 1947.

Pictured: Bell X-1 at the National Air & Space Museum

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Museums

It's no surprise that Washington, DC has been named the best museum destination in the world many times. From world-class art to some of the country’s most inspiring artifacts, it would take months to explore all our museums have to offer.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Smithsonian Castle was the first of the Smithsonian museums and is a great starting point for newcomers. In addition to artifacts, the Castle features an overview movie (starring Ben Stiller) and a map of the Smithsonians.
Visit nearly 20 Smithsonian museums -- and the National Zoo -- here in Washington, DC.
Located in the museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery, the Bell X-1 was the first aircraft to travel faster than the speed of sound, piloted by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager in 1947.
From historical aircrafts to ziplining and even a trapeze school, soar to new heights in DC.
Washington, DC is a family-friendly city with many unique boutiques selling fun finds for both kids and parents.
DC is packed with educational experiences for kids of all ages.
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