Friday, November 5, 2010

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterNational Air and Space Museum (NASM) is the annex of Smithsonian Institution which holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. There is a concrete road leading from the Dulles airport to the Museum. To use a popular american word " It's just awesome", a portion of the Movie, Transformer, Revenge of the fallen was shot here.
The video of the movie shot.



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1. The Hall was HUGE with hundreds of aircrafts. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft at the first pic is
the aircraft that flew around the world in 2005.
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2.This jet aircraft aka the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is actually bigger than it is, an looks huge and powerful. Maximum speed Mach 3.2, weight 1,600 kg & 107 ft long. Flying at the height of 85,000 feet, it was used for taking photographs of enemy positions. It took it's first flight in 1964.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise - is named after the Starship Enterprise after the Movie Star Trek. It is about 58 feet tall, 128 feet long & about 100,000 kg. First flight was in 1977.

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3.The Enola Gray B-29 Fortress is Deadliest aircraft that has flown in the world because it is this aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb "little boy"(4,000 kg) over Horishima & killed approximately 140,000 people. This aeroplane was to a certain extent helped to end world war 2. It weigh's 54,000 kg, 29 feet high and 99 feet long. It's maximum speed is 350 km/hr. It was introduced way back in 1944.

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4.The Airfrance Concorde was the last Supersonic jet aircraft, It was introduced in 1976 and retired in 1973. The concorde is 202 feet long & 40 feet high with a carrying capacity of upto 120 passenger. Due to it's long length, I could not take the full photograph, The concorde was withdrawn from service due to it's high maintanence cost, sonic boom near airports and frequent crashes. My sister Sangi & her Son Brayden who took me to the Museum, they are in the foreground.

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5. The Northrop P-61 aka Blackwidow was in service from 1944-1954. It is the first US Military aircraft designed for night interception & radar use.

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6. Space Capsule

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6.The Top aircraft is Boing 367-80, one of the first passenger jet aircraft, In service from 1954 to 1969.
The Aircraft below is the Lockheed constellation, in service 1943 to 1958.

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7. Helicopters used in Vietnam War


Aircraft used for war during World War-2

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9. Arado Ar -234 - aka the Blitz is the World's first bomber used by the Luftwaffe in WW-2. Basically used for carrying upto 1,500 of bomb. Height 14ft & 41 feet long with maximum speed of 742 km/hr.



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Jet's used in Vietnam & the Gulf War
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2 comments:

  1. Fantastic pics. I see this museum in a totally different angle now. Never have I seen it in this way though I have visited it many times before. Thanks for posting. Hope you have something interesting to do everyday. Should meet up sometime before you leave . . . keep in touch.

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  2. @ Haimual- Thanks for the comments, would look forward to meeting you again, once again thanks for taking me around.

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