National Air and Space Museum

The gorgeous Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

The gorgeous Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

On March 22, 2018, we visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, a companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. It is named after Steven F. Udvar-Házy. I expected a great deal of this visit, and even so, the exhibit exceeded my wildest expectations.

One can admire a replica of the Wright Model A, an iconic WW I Sopwith Camel, the most famous B-29 Superfortress of them all, a Boeing 367-80 Jet Transport, arguably the granddaddy of any modern passenger jet, an Air France Concorde, an SR-71A Blackbird, a space shuttle... and all under one roof! Sadly, we did not have enough time, so we need to go back. I also want to see the museum's original site in Washington.

In the meantime, join us for a virtual visit and images of a part of this truly awesome collection!

Click on any image to see a larger (2100 x 1400 pixel) version!


Wright Model A Reproduction VanDersarl Blériot

Wright Model A Reproduction

VanDersarl Blériot


Sopwith F.1 Camel B6291 Sopwith F.1 Camel B6291

Sopwith F.1 Camel B6291

Sopwith F.1 Camel B6291


Arrow Sport A2-60 Fleet Model 2

Arrow Sport A2-60

Fleet Model 2


Vought F4U-1D Corsair Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

Vought F4U-1D Corsair

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk


Westland Lysander IIIa Ryan PT-22A Recruit

Westland Lysander IIIa

Ryan PT-22A Recruit


Junkers Ju52 Dornier Do 335 A-0 Pfeil (Arrow)

Junkers Ju52

Dornier Do 335 A-0 Pfeil (Arrow)


Arado Ar 234 B-2 Blitz (Lightning) Aichi M6A1 Seiran (Clear Sky Storm)

Arado Ar 234 B-2 Blitz (Lightning)

Aichi M6A1 Seiran (Clear Sky Storm)


Sikorsky JRS-1 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N "Yellow Peril"

Sikorsky JRS-1

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N ("Yellow Peril")


Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"

Boeing B-29 Superfortress ("Enola Gay")

Boeing B-29 Superfortress ("Enola Gay")


North American F-86A Sabre McDonnell F-4S Phantom II

North American F-86A Sabre

McDonnell F-4S Phantom II


Grumman F-14D(R) Tomcat Republic F-105D Thunderchief

Grumman F-14D(R) Tomcat

Republic F-105D Thunderchief


Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG 21F-13 FISHBED-C Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard

Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG 21F-13 FISHBED-C

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard


Beck-Mahoney "Sorceress" Boeing 307 Stratoliner "Clipper Flying Cloud"

Beck-Mahoney "Sorceress"

Boeing 307 Stratoliner "Clipper Flying Cloud"


Boeing 307 Stratoliner "Clipper Flying Cloud" Boeing 367-80 Jet Transport

Boeing 307 Stratoliner "Clipper Flying Cloud"

Boeing 367-80 Jet Transport


Stits SA-2A Sky Baby Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101

Stits SA-2A Sky Baby

Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101


Bell 47B Piper PA-18 Super Cub

Bell 47B

Piper PA-18 Super Cub


Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France

Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France

Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France


Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France Loudenslager Laser 200

Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France

Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France

Loudenslager Laser 200


Space Shuttle "Discovery" Space Shuttle "Discovery" Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Space Shuttle "Discovery"


Space Shuttle "Discovery" Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Space Shuttle "Discovery"


Space Shuttle "Discovery" Gemini Paraglider Research Vehicle 1-A With Wing Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Space Shuttle "Discovery"

Gemini Paraglider Research Vehicle 1-A With Wing

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird


Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird


The photos on this page were taken on March 22, 2018.
They and many others many also be viewed in a gallery or as a slide show.




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