Drove down to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center today. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum doesn’t have enough room at its location on the National Mall, so they built the Udvar-Hazy annex near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia to display more of their collection. It opened in December 2003, but I hadn’t made it out there until today. Visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center is a must do if you have any interest in aviation, as the collection of aircraft assembled in this giant hangar is truly impressive.
SR-71 down below
Boeing 707 and the Concorde
Recognizer that B-29? It’s the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945.
Space Shuttle Enterprise – NASA’s first shuttle, built for atmospheric test flights. It was originally supposed to be named “Constitution”, but a bunch of Star Trek fans waged a letter writing campaign and NASA caved-in to nerd pressure, thereby naming the shuttle “Enterprise” (sorry, I can’t stand Star Trek).
Concorde supersonic airliner. DC to London in 3.5 hours.
This is what computers used to look like…and you couldn’t even play games on them.
Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, the plane Steve Fossett used for his record breaking solo nonstop flight ’round the world.
North Vietnamese propaganda rocket
MiG-15 used in the Korean War.
This would probably be the first thing I would purchase after spending time in a Soviet prison, too.
Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom), rocket powered kamikaze aircraft.
Rest of the photos are here.