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    The Smithsonian Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center in DC - Pixxors Galore

    I was with the family in DC a few weeks ago. We did the normal tourist stuff, saw most of the Smithsonians, toured teh Capital, the Library of Congress, the Pentagon, national archives, visited the monuments, caught a Nationals game, etc.

    I didn't take many pictures along the way, but could not help myself inside the Udvar-Hazy Center. I hope the Lownje enjoys.





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    Part 2 -

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    More Airplanes...

















    The Enola Gay



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    And the space shuttle Discovery:
















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    Nice! No matter how old I get, the space shuttle is still so amazingly cool.
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    Excellent--and I agree about Discovery--although there is some fine machinery in the rest of the building.

    I had to google to see where this is--it was built after we left DC.

    One of my prize memories was walking the original Air and Space with my late father--most of the family came to DC for our wedding.

    He was regaling me with stories about the WW II planes, since he started in flight school, got kicked out because he couldn't past the night-gunnery tests (snow-blinded as a kid) and then trained as flight crew. This was in Canada, so there were Brits training there too, so he worked on quite a few different planes...
    "When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."

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    Ultimate man cave.

    Just need good beer and some pron somewhere.
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    I thought that the Blackbird sacrificed itself in one of the Transformer movies ; ) .
    I was able to go to Udvar-Hazy not long after it opened and enjoyed it much more than the Air and Space museum on the mall. The only downer was the Discovery room was not open, you could only look from the door and parts were scattered about because they were studying them after the Columbia disaster.

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    Thanks for the pics!

    Now you've got me considering a trip to DC. Haven't been there for 20 years.

    Love the WWII stuff. Corsair and Lightning were my favorites.
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    The company I used to work for rented that place out for our holiday party. It was super fun wearing a tux, getting drunk, and eating my face off around all the great aviation memorabilia.

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