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Oshkosh and Beyond: Part 9

posted Oct 05, 2006

Washington, DC

We spent three days exploring and admiring as many sites as possible in Washington, DC. Naturally, a good portion of our time was spent in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as well as its companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. No long story to share, just a few select pictures. Enjoy!

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne holds a prominent place in the Smithsonian Air & Space museum.

Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, Bell X-1, North American X-15

Four aircraft that set milestones in aviation hang over the entrance to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. From left to right: The Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, Bell X-1, and North American X-15.

The Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

Bell X-1

Bell X-1. Chuck Yeager flew this aircraft when he became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.

North American X-15

North American X-15. First winged aircraft to fly at mach 4, 5, and 6. It was also the first to reach altitudes well above 100,000 feet.

The original Wright Flyer

The original Wright Flyer has been beautifully restored.

Lockheed SR-71

The Lockheed SR-71 is one of the first things visitors see when entering the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

F4U-1D Corsair, P-40E Kittyhawk, and SR-71

F4U-1D Corsair (foreground, right) and P-40E Kittyhawk (background, left)

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise

HM.14 Pou de Ciel (Flying Flea)

The HM.14 Pou de Ciel (Flying Flea) is dwarfed by the tail of the Boeing Stratoliner. It has a 2-cylinder 39 horsepower engine, and a top speed of 60 mph.

Boeing B-29 - The Enola Gay

Boeing B-29 - The Enola Gay. This airplane dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

N3N

The N3N was used for flight training by the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arlington National Cemetery.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The tomb guards have walked the same path over many years. The concrete is permanently marked with their footsteps.

Statue at the Vietnam War Memorial

Statue at the Vietnam War Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery panorama

Arlington National Cemetery panorama

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panorama

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panorama

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial reflecting the image of the Washington Monument.

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial. "Here we mark the price of freedom." The wall behind this inscription is covered with 4,000 gold stars representing the more than 400,000 Americans who died in this war (each gold star represents 100 American lives).

A duck takes a dip in the water at the World War II Memorial

A duck takes a dip in the water at the World War II Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is in the background.

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

Add your comment     Comments: 2

Thanks for sharing you adventures! I was waiting for the next chapter from DC...Mary and I both enjoy reading along.

#1 Gary Mascelli - 10/05/2006 04:04 PM

Thanks Gary. I just turned on the commenting system, and you win the prize for being the first commenter!

Nancy and I both got a little busy over the past few weeks, which is why this part took so long to post. We hope to have to write ups for the flights back to Boise from DC posted before too long.

#2 Phil Verghese - 10/05/2006 06:48 PM

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