De Havilland DH-4 in North Hall of A&I Building

ID: 2002-10656

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1927

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 35

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The first American battle airplane, the De Havilland DH-4 on display in the North Hall of the Arts and Industries Building above the United States History exhibit, June 1927. Spanish guns are arranged around the Statue of Freedom in the Rotunda. The DH-4 played many roles in both military and civilian capacities. It played a part in the bombing activities in World War I along with observation and photo reconnaissance. Between the wars the "Liberty Planes," as they were also called, jobs included forest patrols and geological reconnaissance.


  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Statue of Freedom (Statue)
  • United States National Museum Dept. of History


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building was transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and was installed in the Rotunda on December 15, 1890.
  • The original negative number is 21395-G, but that negative has been lost. Photo predates 1928 when the Spirit of St. Louis was placed on exhibit in the North Hall.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 35

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



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  • Airplanes
  • Liberty Planes (Airplane)
  • North Hall
  • De Havilland aircraft
  • Exhibitions
  • Interiors
  • Statues
  • Rotundas
  • National Collections
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Military
  • Arts and Industries Building--North Hall
  • Military history
  • De Havilland DH-4 (Airplane)


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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