Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Entrance is just a short hop from the Dulles runway

A really nice day to visit the Udvar-Hazy Center.  This is an extension of the Smithsonian collection and originated from their storage facility.

SR - 71 Awesome
Ok here's one of those trivia questions about this legendary airplane or rather the gentleman who ran the Lockheed Skunkworks and the technical genius behind this thing.  What was his name and where did he grow up?  Answer at bottom of post.

As a kid, I thought the bent wing corsair was the coolest airplane ever made!This war machine has the nickname 'Whistling Death"

More of my past here... UH teeter rotor with cable cutters..

The Discovery Orbiter.  A picture just doesn't convey the feeling you get when you look up at this craft.  The rocket motors, thrusters, heat tiles, and more... 

Apollo 11... I had just turned 9 years old when Neil Armstrong (first foot prints on the moon) Mike Collins and Buz Aldrin, splashed down in the Apollo 11 capsule.  I watched it on the news and dreamed of being an astronaut.
The real deal

The unmistakable B-29

The last time I saw this bird I was 22 years old and working at Bell Helicopter in Ft Worth

A Goodyear Blimp gondola

Remember this?

That's all for now,


Kelly Johnson, born and raised in Ishpeming, Michigan a fellow yooper!

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