Underbelly of My Gal Sal and P-51 in US Freedom Pavilion

The George H.W. Bush Aviation Gallery

At The National WWII Museum

From his tours of duty as a US Navy lieutenant during World War II to his term as President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush inspired generations of Americans through his lifetime of service. As a prominent and lasting tribute in his honor, the George H.W. Bush Aviation Gallery—located in the airspace of our US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center—features six fully restored iconic WWII warbirds, including a General Motors TBM Avenger like Bush flew as the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time.

Originally opened in 2013 and named in Bush’s honor in 2022 thanks to a generous donation from Jeff and Mindy Hildebrand and the Hildebrand Foundation, the George H.W. Bush Aviation Gallery is one of the Museum’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring displays. Browse the pages below for a more in-depth look at the history and specifications of the aerial gallery's six planes, as well as the pavilion's Consolidated B-24 Liberator displayed on the floor below.

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US Freedom Pavilion

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