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Apollo 9 is the one of only two Apollo Command Modules flown in space on display west of the Rocky Mountains. The spacecraft was moved on May 18, 2004 from its former home at the Michigan Space and Science Center, where it had been on exhibit for more than two decades, and carefully transported to the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The exhibit opened to the public on July 21, 2004 - the day after the 35th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.
The Apollo spacecraft had two million working parts. It was so complex that it was designed system by system, each one integrated into the whole. The Apollo spacecraft was blasted into space atop a Saturn V rocket, itself monstrous in every detail.
Built by Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego and delivered to the US Army in 1941, The Eager Beaver was ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia and assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 320 Bombardment Squadron. It was there that it was given its nickname “The Eager Beaver” and adorned with the group’s “Skull and Crossed Bombs” motif on the vertical stabilizers.
The Beachey-Eaton Biplane, known as the Little Looper, was built in Chicago in 1914. The airplane appeared to be a smaller version of the Curtiss Model D Headless biplane, but it differed in many significant ways. It was designed and built to be an aerobatic biplane and was stronger, faster, and more agile than its larger Curtiss Model D Headless cousin.
The AH-1 Cobra or Huey Cobra was the first helicopter to be produced specifically as an attack aircraft for the U.S. Army. The Bell UH-1 Huey utility helicopter was used in the Vietnam conflict for only a few years before heavily armed escort and light attack versions were needed.