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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Last Look at the Air & Space Museum

Okay, I've got a question for you.  What do Supersonic Airliners and RVs have in common?  Read on and I'll tell you.

Now for a break from all the summer heat with a look at some Cold War era aircraft.  Here are a pair of enemies from the Korean War nestled up next to each other, a Russian MIG-15 and an USAF F-86 Sabre Jet.

A Navy Tomcat.  Can't you see Tom Cruise up in the cockpit reprising his role as "Maverick" in "Top Gun"?


How about an SR-71 Blackbird, a spy plane and even though no longer in service, it still holds the record as the world's fastest airplane.


The famous "Huey" helicopter that saw service in Viet Nam.


This Huey actually served in the war.  You can see the patches to all the bullet holes in the bottom.  Now you can understand why many helicopter crewmen sat on their bullet proof vests.


At the other end of the museum is a collection of commercial aircraft.  A 1935 Pan Am Clipper.


Air France donated a supersonic Concorde Airliner.  It is so long, it fits all the way across the museum.  I had to take three pictures to get it all in.  Here's the nose and cockpit.

The midsection, which is right over the walkway, you walk under the belly.

And the tail.

When you walk under the Concorde, you'll find the answer to the question:  What do Supersonic Airliners and RVs have in common?

A Black Tank!  You have to empty it by standing underneath it.  You have to be very, very careful or...

In another part of the museum is this:

Is it a Space Shuttle?  I'm not telling, you'll have to visit the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum and find out for yourself! :c)

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a good place to speed a hot day. I like the fact that it's not so difficult to get to. Sometimes I think that Gin and I are the only two people left that have never flown (and don't intend to).