Air and Space Museum

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While we were in Washington we had a chance to visit the Air and Space Museum.  I don’t remember ever being there before so I was excited to check it out.  Even though I personally do not like flying I am fascinated by things that fly.

On entering the museum the Spirit of St. Louis is suspended overhead.  An impressive sight to see.

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Because we got to the museum at noon I was ready for some food before we actually started touring the different rooms.  There really is no cafeteria in the museum.  Most food comes from a machine or from a hot dog stand.  I didn’t take any pictures.  I will say that my lunch that day consisted of strawberry yogurt.  I would have liked more but because we were there on a Wednesday during Lent and because I don’t eat meat on Wednesdays is Lent I settled for the yogurt.

After eating we started walking around.  There was one room devoted to the Wright Brothers.  This is where I wanted to start so up to the second floor we went.  As you may or may not know Orville and Wilbur made bicycles.  Here is one of their actual bikes.

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I can’t imagine riding a plane this way.

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There was lots of interesting information about the brothers and their aircraft in this room.  There were also some interesting videos to watch as well.

From here we went to another room to see other earlier aircraft.  I find it amazing that any of these things got off of the ground.  I know that there is no way I would get into any of them.

Take this, for example.

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If you are into hang gliding you might want to try this.  I wouldn’t.

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If you are more into space travel check this out.

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How about the Hubble Telescope?

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There are so many things to see and do in D.C. that one afternoon can’t do it justice.  Maybe another trip on our own is in order.  All in all, though,  our trip to D.C was a huge success.

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20 responses to “Air and Space Museum

  1. I visited this museum as a child and was bored out of my mind. I have a feeling I would love it now that I’ve read and know so much more and have a context for the Wright Brothers and Lindbergh. I really enjoyed your photos, though the yogurt lunch sounds disappointing! I’ve found that art museums often have surprisingly nice restaurants and cafeterias, so I often plan a meal at the museum.

  2. It is something how things we find boring as a child become more interesting as we age and learn about them. Although lunch was a bit disappointing we did stop for dinner on the way home and the baked ziti more than made up for lunch. 🙂

  3. What a cool range of flying machines. I am adding that museum to my list of things to see when I go to DC in June.

  4. There are so many cool things about the Air and Space Museum! We sent pictures our daughter’s bf of on the rockets. He totally geeked out, being an aerospace engineer! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this slice with us today!

  5. This is one of my favorite museums although a movie was once so real that I thought I was going to be ill during the flight movie. So much space history from so many places in the US. We are quite proud of the accomplishments of our own Dr. Van Allen! https://now.uiowa.edu/2012/11/nasa-renames-space-mission-honor-university-iowa%E2%80%99s-james-van-allen

  6. It is fascinating when we look at the different stages we have passed through before what flying is now. Thank you for the photos. Regards

  7. I haven’t been to the Air and Space Museum for several years. Thanks for bringing me back there!

  8. Terje

    The human imagination is amazing. We can fly. And it is wonderful that museums allow us to glimpse into the past.

  9. You take us on so many expeditions through your blog! I hope to make another trip to DC again someday- you are right, there is so much to see and do there.

  10. I was in that museum once, and I loved it. My friend was with me and she made fun of me for loving it so much! 🙂

    • It is so fascinating learning about early flight, seeing examples of what took to the air and what didn’t make it. It was an afternoon well spent.

  11. Wow – what a fascinating place. hard to imagine the early beginnings in fliught and what we now have. Great photos

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