Steven Udvar-Hazy Museum, Dulles

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Steven Udvar-Hazy Museum, Dulles

Postby Sickbag_andy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:00 pm

On Sunday I returned from a holiday to Canada and the USA. after a 9 day coach tour of Canada, New England & NYC I (or we) spent the second week in Washington DC staying with friends and whilst our wives indulged in some retail therapy, we men indulged in some therapy of our own - of the aviation kind at the Steven Udvar-Hazy Centre next to Dulles airport and part of the Smithsonian museum, an absolutely amazing place! I visited the Smithsonian Air & Space museum in DC back in 1998 before this place was open and this really eclipses the DC museum , so many famous aircraft all in one building. Here's a selection of my photos and there are plenty more (about 80 in all) in my FlickR album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125470545 ... 092228979/

so here we go- so many famous aircraft that I dont know where to start really, here's a general view of one of the halls:
Image7954 Concorde F-BVFA general view by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and another with the B29 Enola Gay centre stage, one of the most famous aircraft in the collection, the first to drop an atomic bomb only 7 years before the Vulcan which was designed specifically to do the same job first flew - what an advance in technology in such a short time. In fact when you consider that the museum covers just over 100 years of flight in one building the advances are amazing!...
Image7849 B29 enola gay by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

just after the dawn of the jet airliner age (the comet), the Boeing 707 prototype, Dash 80
Image7869 B707 dash 80 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and surely the ultimate in airliner design , Concorde:
Image7905 concorde F-BVFA by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

2 both faster than concorde, the SR71 with the even faster space shuttle Discovery in the background..Image7839 SR71 & shuttle by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and back to the first to fly, our tour guide explaining how to fly a wright flyer, quite useful if nobody has ever tried to fly before! this is a replica, the original is in teh air & Space museum in DC city centre
Image7738 guide explaining the wright flyer replica by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

fowler gage biplane
Image7728 fowler-gage biplane by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

grumman bearcat
Image7747 grumman bearcat N1111L conquest 1 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and the extremely small sky baby
Image7754 sky baby by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

an early flying wing, the horten H111
Image7780 horten H111 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

the aircraft are hung in all directions
Image7857 Loudenslager Laser 200 N10LL by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

globe swift
Image7877 Globe GC-1A Swift NC80518 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

kingair
Image7892 King Air N275DP by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

array of helicopters:
Image7912 rotary assortment by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

civilian Mustang
Image7950 Mustang Excalibur3 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

Grumman Gulfhawk
Image7953 Grumman Gulfhawk2 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

one for Dennis:
Image7815 F4 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and it's Russian conterpart, Mig.21F
Image7810 Mig21F by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

'soon' to be in RAF service X35B, prototype of the F35B
Image7824 X35B by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

I remember these at Wethersfield in the '60s (F.100), Bryan who was with me remembers them too as he was based there - called them the Lead Sled and for a while his main role was guarding the nuclear weapon store!:
Image7829 F100 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

another chopper, Iroquois
Image7831 Iroquois by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

smile please:
Image7843 P40 kittyhawk by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

2 beautiful airliners:

Boeing 307, the world's first pressurised airliner:

Image7956 B.307 NC19903 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

super connie in military colours:
Image7876 super constellation by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

another of the Enola Gay:
Image7966 B29 enola gay by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

Arada:
Image7777 Arado Ar234 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

no undercarriage, no return tickets - Japanese kamikasi Ohko
Image7781 Yokosuka Ohko by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

Hellcat
Image7952 hellcat by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

would you go up in one of these? Hiller Rotorcycle:
Image7916 Hiller YROE-1 Rotorcycle by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

shuttle Discovery
Image7794 SS discovery by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

Korean war adversaries:
Mig 15:
Image7809 Mig15 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

F.86:
Image7811 F86 by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

and finally a couple more of the strap hangers:
Image7855 Monocoupe Little Butch N36Y by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

Image7853 Monnett Moni N23HW by sickbag_andy, on Flickr

hope you find them interesting, as i said there are about 80 in all in my FlickR album, so here's a link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125470545 ... 092228979/
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Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy Museum, Dulles

Postby Ray C » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:32 pm

What a "Spectacular Collection" thanks for posting....Do they have an English Electric Lightning"....?
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Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy Museum, Dulles

Postby Sickbag_andy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi Ray,
no they didn't have an E.E. Lightning, from memory the only British built aircraft was a Hawker Hurricane (and the half British Concorde). They also had an American built Arrow Sport with a British reg. (G-AARO)
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