I was working with a guy from out of town today and we finished about midday. Normally when I've got someone from out of town and we get free time I take them to downtown Washington to show them tourist sites, usually the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It's the best of its kind anywhere. Hanging from the ceiling in one room are the X15, which set altitude records, the jet Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in, and the Spirit of St. Louis. If you view this room from the balcony and turn around into the room directly behind you, you see the first plane to fly.......period. It's the original Wright Flyer. 

But when we finished working we were near Dulles Airport. I knew there was another museum out there with the rest of the Smithsonian's collection, so I asked the guy I was with if he was interested. He was, so I checked the internet and it's called the Udvar-Hazy museum. We drove over.

We walked in and walked over to a balcony overlooking the main floor of the museum. I was looking down at my phone, dealing with a text. Then I finished, and glanced around my phone as I put it away and

Holy Shit! That's a Blackbird!

We walked down and looked further

We wandered around and came across the Concorde

We saw a WWI plane whose most famous pilot was a beagle:

We saw a Vietnam-era Huey

Most of you have probably seen pictures of a P40 Flying Tiger

but have you ever seen one from the front?

and we saw a WWII B29 Superfortress

This is a big bomber

Yes, I know which B29 this is

But that's not the most famous craft in the collection. When we were on the balcony looking down at the SR71 (Blackbird), the guy I was with happened to look up. He's from Houston, which has a certain history. This is the view we saw:

Damn, let's go check that out, it looks like

with gigantic engines

I leave you with my first shot of the Discovery where it wasn't just background for the SR71. I save this one for last because I got lucky on this shot. As I was setting up the shot, a woman was towing a display on wheels across my path. As you can see, it's the perfect addition to the shot:

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Comment by Steel Breeze on October 18, 2017 at 3:26am

that was very,very cool.....thx a lot for the pix of somplce i'd like to see and never will....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 18, 2017 at 6:11am

great photos

Comment by alsoknownas on October 18, 2017 at 6:29am

Ghastly.

Comment by Boanerges on October 18, 2017 at 7:27am

That front view of the P40 is probably the last some enemy pilots ever had in their rear view mirrors. Great fighter in its day, but my heart belongs to Supermarine Spitfires. Battle of Malta veteran around here kept one maintained for Cliff Robertson, before he sold it to a museum in (I think) Chicago. It was a sight to behold, and to hear, as it flew overhead. Those Rolls-Royce Merlin engines were as distinctive as it gets.

Anyway, lucky you. That is an amazing collection of aircraft. Thanks for putting the pix up here. I'm perhaps ill-informed, but isn't the SR71 still in operation?

Comment by Arthur James on October 18, 2017 at 8:14am

`
DAMN SQUARE.REORT TO DEA?
I HEAR KOSH BROTHERS SLURP
BUSTED OPEN HONYDEW MELLON
AS THEY TOUR MUSEUMS IN BLUE
BIB OVERALLS & MUNCH FRITOS?
FAKE NEWS?
I QUACKER?
HE AS KOSH
BROS TO CONVERT & BE QUAKERS?
KOSH BROTHERS PANIC & GO QUACK
QUAK QUACK.
MUSEUM STAFF
CALL LOCAL
PSYCHITRIST.
`

Comment by koshersalaami on October 18, 2017 at 8:22am

Don’t have a brother. You mean Koch brothers? SR71 not still flying

Too expensive, satellites got better

Comment by Arthur James on October 18, 2017 at 8:30am

`

Off TOPIC....

Yesterday the choppers

(Huey's) wer fling all

day looking for autumn

weed crops. Farmer says

the weed-crop is green

produce. DEA Judge

ask Koch ( apologies )

i spiel bad... Judge ask

the Maryland Farmer &

Koch Bros to not cross

PA's Mason Dixon Border

& Head to Intercourse, PA.

`

They visit Climax, North Carolina.

`

Comment by Arthur James on October 20, 2017 at 12:30pm

`

the Rabbi's

wife stating She

sleeps all She can

in lie of blogging

and visiting museums.

`

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