German Arado Ar 234B Blitz Goes on Exhibit at Air and Space

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The National Air and Space Museum opens an exhibition featuring the world's first operational jet bomber, the German Arado Ar 234B Blitz. The Arado entered service in 1944 after the Normandy invasion of World War II. She received 18,600 hours of restoration work by Air and Space Museum staff after the airplane was transferred to the Smithsonian's aeronautical collection in 1949 by the United States Air Force. The exhibition is the second in the Museum's "Air Power in World War II" series.


National Air and Space Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • See image negative 93-13980-10 for an image of the bomber.
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution 1994. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 12.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


October 26, 1993


  • Airplanes
  • WW II
  • Aeronautics
  • Arado Ar 234 (Jet bomber)
  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Jet bombers
  • Museums
  • Military
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Museum exhibits

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