In the Museum lobby is a striking sculpture of a bald eagle with the message "Thanks C.R." The sculpture was created by American Airlines Captain Zandy Carter and presented to the museum. There are also models of the aircraft currently operated by American Airlines and American Eagle, surrounding a globe indicating the airline's worldwide destinations.
The History Wall combines hundreds of historic objects with interactive videos, electronic quiz games and audio exhibits that document American Airlines history through the years.
Learn how and why airplanes fly, with wind tunnels, computer games and interactive displays explaining the basics of aerodynamics.
Photographs, awards and other memorabilia give a biographical sketch of C.R. Smith's milestones and achievements. "Mr. C.R." was instrumental in the design of the DC-3 and in shaping the airline industry during his many years as chief executive.
Spirit of American Movie
Catch the "Spirit…" at the C.R. Smith Museum. The Spirit of American is presented in Digital High Definition on a huge 42' X 36' screen. The movie takes viewers from the dream of commercial aviation as C.R. Smith envisioned it and follows the history of a young American Airlines to the present day. It reflects the spirit of pioneering aviators, the spirit of our country and the incredible spirit of one of the best commercial airlines in the world, American Airlines. Narrated by James Garner, Spirit of American's title song is performed by Michael Bolton. A DVD of the movie is available in the Museum Gift Shop.
Maintaining the Fleet
See how American Airlines mechanics maintain today's highly complex airplanes. This exhibit includes a gigantic General Electric CF6 engine from the McDonnell Douglas MD-11