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 holds a prominent place in the Smithsonian Air & Space museum.
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
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. 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 has been beautifully restored.
F4U-1D Corsair (foreground, right) and P-40E Kittyhawk (background, left)
Space Shuttle Enterprise
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. This airplane dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
The N3N was used for flight training by the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arlington National Cemetery.
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
Arlington National Cemetery panorama
Vietnam Veterans Memorial panorama
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial reflecting the image of the Washington Monument.
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. The Lincoln Memorial is in the background.
The Washington Monument