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: