Saturday, July 29, 2017

National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - Part 1

On July 15th, we had a senior missionary tour of the 2nd Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  The original museum, which is still open,  had  so much "stuff" , a second museum was built, and Mr. Udvar wrote two very large checks for the construction of it, so, of course, it was named after him.

We had an excellent volunteer tour guide, who managed to have a story for
everything he showed us. He managed to keep the women interested, sort of.

The following just show the scope of this place, pretty amazing. 
They had one of a kind planes, only one left planes, planes from Germany
and Japan from the WWII, and a ton more.
See the Blackbird?

The Concord
This is a Pan Am plane, one of the first to fly passengers globally.
Grandpa Claire Banks flew this to Alaska in 1953.
The Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb in Japan.

Kamikaze plane