The Air & Space Museum in Denver is closed today, Friday, June 14. Plan your next visit. 

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Ball-Bartoe Jetwing

Ball-Bartoe Jetwing

Pete Bartoe designed and built the one-of-a-kind JetWing in the mid-1970s. The first test flights were in 1977, and it retired in 1978. The tiny jet flew again briefly in the early 1980s, and came to Wings Over the Rockies in 2007.

This small, single-seat research aircraft explored the technology of increasing lift at low speeds by blowing the exhaust of the turbofan engine over the upper surfaces of the wings.

Airplanes get lift from airflow over and under their wings. Below a certain airspeed, there’s not enough airflow to support the airplane, but lift can be increased by blowing air over the wings.
Being able to fly safely at a low airspeed enables airplanes to take off and land in shorter distances and on rougher surfaces. Many valuable technologies have been developed to allow airplanes to have a high top speed and relatively low landing speed. These include flaps, slats, slots, leading edge devices, speed brakes, and variable-geometry swing-wings.

Engineers had experimented with blowing jet engine airflow over airplane wings or flaps since the 1940s and 50s, but Bartoe’s design differed by directing all of the engine’s output to the wings. This resulted in an aircraft with an astonishing speed range, from a minimum of 40 mph to a maximum of about 400 mph! Its top speed was ten times its minimum speed! (Even today, most jets—airliners, fighters, transports, and bombers—take off and land at airspeeds between 150 and 200 mph.)

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
Length: 29 ft (8.84 m)
Maximum weight: 3,336 lbs (1,513 kg)
Engine: Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1 turbofan
Thrust: 2,200 lbs (9.8 kN)

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Jun 15
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Wings is moving our regularly scheduled Breakfast Fly-in to be held on June 15 (third Saturday) as we help support Centennial Airports’ first Runway 5K Race on June 1.

Plan to join us on June 15 at Exploration of Flight for a fly-in featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation titled “High Altitude Physiology and it’s Impact on Pilots” by Dave Gissen. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

Saturday Jun 15
10:30AM TO 12:30PM
Air & Space Museum

Comic Creator Workshop

Comic Creator Workshop
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Unleash your creative side at this workshop celebrating the opening of our new Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit! A docent will share insights about the exhibit and the power of Peanuts, and then you will learn how to draw your own comic strip.

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Limited spots available. Suggested age is 9+.

Sunday Jun 16
12:00PM TO 5:00PM
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Dad’s Free Day at the Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wings Over the Rockies! All dads will receive FREE admission at both Wings locations on Father’s Day.

Bring the whole family and explore captivating exhibits, see iconic aircraft, immersive displays and more. Create lasting memories with Dad as you explore the wonders of aviation and space! Family members are welcome to pre-purchase their tickets online. Dad’s free admission ticket will be available at check in.

Click here to learn about visiting our second location, Exploration of Flight, on Dad’s Free Day.

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