Monday, October 3, 2016

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC


There is always plenty to see when we take a trip into Washington DC.  This day we were meeting up with Gregg's cousin and her husband who were in town attending a conference.  Their time was tight but we popped into the city so that we could see them before they had to go off to their next event. 



 Because we decided to go in early and didn't have as much traffic as we thought, we had time on our hands before we met up.  We were not far from the Air and Space Museum, which was great because it had been a couple of years since the last time we visited this particular museum.



Above is the Viking Lander.  I took a photo of the explanation which is below.  Sorry but I didn't get it all in frame, and if you enlarge the photo you should be able to see it a little more clearly.






Lunar Module LM-2
explanation below.  Again, please enlarge photo to read.






I moved to the States just before the museum opened in 1976, and I remember being in total awe of all the flying machines, including those launched into space.  



It also has a mock-up deck of an aircraft carrier where you can be piped on board, and see planes land on a huge screen, almost like being there.  We didn't check that out this time.




I am not sure what the spaceship is above but below is....



Telstar



As we walked outside there were beautiful skies overhead.











With many thanks to our hosts of the following memes, which I am joining in with today.

Jesh at Seasons
Tom at Tuesday's Treasures
N.C. Sue at Wordless (on Tuesday) at Image-in-ing



34 comments:

  1. This place is awesome! I could tell even from just looking though the windows that the weather was beautiful.

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  2. I would love to visit this place.

    We have an aviation and space museum here- I've never featured it on the blog.

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  3. What a fantastic museum, Denise! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour, the information is fascinating and your photos are lovely!

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  4. Marvelous photos & information in your post.
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/10/playing-with-photoshop.html

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  5. I enjoyed the space museum. I'm sure it's changed since I was there.

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  6. We have visited there as we had family in the area. Now everyone has moved or died so not much reason to visit that area now.

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  7. What an amazing place.
    Those beautiful skies are my favourites today though. Thank you.

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  8. Fantastic place with great history of mankind

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  9. Gosh, what I wouldn't give to visit that place and I know Joe would have loved it. Thanks for sharing, Denise.

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  10. Such an interesting museum to visit, Denise. The Viking Lander looks like a big insect!

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  11. Nice to see it again. My husband is an aviation fuel secialist and whenever we are in Washington, we pop in there for a visit.
    Mind you - I much prefer the portrait museum across the road :-).

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  12. Interesting that I have just written up the Air and Space museum. You have some things different to mine so it makes it even more interesting, Have a good day Diane

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  13. Denise, thanks for the tour, I haven't been there is years. There certainly are so many treasure in DC. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you visit again soon.

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  14. I have always wanted to visit the museums of D.C. There is something for everyone and I think the Air & Space museum along with the Architecture museum would be my favorite stops. Thanks for sharing such wonderful images.

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  15. Hello, what a neat museum. Great tours. Love the sky shots. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  16. totally awesome photos of these amazing pieces of history. I love the first two with all the beams and shadows ... would love to see this and so would hubby

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  17. Many, many years ago, we were there. Our daughter was an intern, for part of her college education. And we went down, to pick her up.

    We visited here, and the Smithsonian...

    Happy you had a lovely trip.

    Luna Crone

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  18. These are fantastic photos of the exhibits, Denise! It is an amazing museum which we were fortunate to visit several years ago!

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  19. Very nice to see these types of aircraft.

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  20. Hi Denise, what a fabulous place to visit with all the history of space exploration even with Telstar, I can remember all the hullabaloo when Telstar was launched, but when you see the size of the bits they put into space these days.
    Have a good week Regards John

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  21. Sooo interesting, Denis!. the Telstar and the Viking lander in particular:) And I've never seen the orange airplane as you showed for SEASONS -many thanks -I am always looking forward to your posts:)

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  22. This would definitely be a fun place to visit!

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  23. Bill would love that museum (I wouldn't hate it, but I wouldn't love it as much as he would ;>)! I think it is so wonderful to be able to "pop in" to Washington DC like that -- my city experience pales beside yours!!

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  24. I visited the Air & Space Museum many times when my son attended undergrad university in Washington DC. Your post and photos brought back many fine memories of how interesting it is to see!

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  25. Years ago I took my daughter there for a Star Wars exhibit. She loved it and we even ran into someone we know.

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  26. I bet that was an awesome place to find out things you didn't know about NASA! What great shots and the sky is perfect :)

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  27. I worked for the airlines for eight years and have always found things like this fascinating. Great tour you gave us!

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  28. Hubby passed by when I had your blog post up. He said his dad worked on the engine in the Bell X-1 (your first picture) and he worked on later versions (much later) of the Telstar satellite.

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  29. Love all of those museums!
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hi Denise, it's one of my favorite museums in DC. I can spend the whole day there and wouldn't be bored.


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