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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian Institutional National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is next to Dulles Airport by Washington, D.C.

It contains lots of interesting aircraft of which I have posted photos of only a few.

This is a Lockheed P-38J Lighting.

The infamous Enola Gay

As you can see, not all of the planes were hung top-side up.

It's hard to see the Horten Ho IIIf under the hangers ventilation shaft.

The tail of the Enola Gay also appears in this photo.  In front is a Nakajima JINI-S Gekko "Irving".  Right behind it is a Northrop P-61C Black Widow.  The yellow plane is a Northrop N-IM. 

You can see just how many planes are crammed into this hanger.  Many are hanging from the ceiling.  All I can say for sure is that the yellow, brown and white Boeing is a 367-80 "Dash-80" and the white, blue and red Air France plane in the background is a Concorde.

Better photo of the Dash-80.  The red and white striped wing is on a De Havilland Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk Penzoil Special.

Basket of the Double Eagle II


For you movie buffs - parks of Traansformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed at the Udvar-Hazy Center.  Computer-generated images were used to transform the Blackbird into a transformer.
Looks like I forgot to get photos of the front of this Concorde.
And the star of the show --- the Space Shuttle Discovery!

The gold item above the shuttle and in front of the flag is a TDRSS satellite

Up close you can see the tiles that cover the shuttle.

Click to enlarge.  Canadarm along side of shuttle

I should have gotten a photo with people walking by so you can see just how huge the shuttle is.


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