Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Udvar-Hazy Visit

We went to visit the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy, which houses many planes, helicopters and even an old space shuttle on Saturday afternoon. Its really a horrible name, but I am sure he contributed something in the way of flight technology for them to name a hangar after him that houses a premium selection of some of the worlds best aircraft.

Its free to get in, but costs $15 for parking, so take a van and pack it full if you go, that way its much cheaper. Not that $15 for a few hours of fun isn't cheap, relative to this areas other recreational choices.

Truth is, we needed to get out of the house so people could come by and look at it so, well, I am not sure why a real estate agent wouldn't want the owners around, maybe answer questions or address concerns. I think if we mentioned the 90-foot snake that lives under the house and eats small children, they might be ultimately responsible because they sold a house that had a huge, 90-foot long snake that ate children under the house and didn't put that in the contract of sale. Its easier to act like "Sammy" isn't there. Where's Jack?

There he is, at Udvar-Hazy, with Kate and me in front of various planes, helicopters and even an old space shuttle, the Enterprise.

This kid has no fear (or common sense?), because I got vertigo just looking down from here because the windows actually juts out a few feet, so you get a feeling of floating. Jack steppped right up and wasn't afraid at all. I'm going to have to keep an eye on him when atop buildings.

Kate and Jack.

We went to the top of the tower they have and its a great view, of course, even up there, I saw a stink bug. Little guy was probably showing off for his buddies.

Even though the space shuttle was huge, it really wasn't as big as you might think. I did wonder how they got it in there, since the doors at teh back of teh hangar are shorter than the tail of the shuttle. Hmmm.

Jack next to a huge engine taht was used for a rocket.

An SR-71 sits in the center of the hangar. This stuff was once just science fiction since the Federal Government denied that there even was an SR-71 until the 80's when the Stealth program came along.

A Spitfire.

The Pathfinder space mission module.

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