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Just went there this weekend. It’s a giant hangar with full-size aircraft, rockets, and other spacecraft. Where to begin? Some highlights include the SR-71 Blackbird, which happens to be my favorite. That’s the funky black spyplane that can fly at Mach 3.3 or so, quite a bit faster than a speeding bullet. There’s also the Space Shuttle Enterprise (yes, the whole thing is inside), and even one of the supersonic Concorde jets. There are a lot of World War II aircraft there from America, Germany, and Japan. Included is the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber which dropped the first atomic bomb.
I was both surprised and impressed by just how many of the aircraft on display are listed as the only one of their kind still in existence.over 7 years ago
Udvar-Hazy is a huge hangar space that offers the Smithsonian a way to display more of their aircraft and aviation collection than they possibly could just with the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. This new museum features a ton of aircraft from throughout modern history, including military aircraft, several passenger jets (including a Boeing 707) and a prototype space shuttle.
It’s still being filled out a bit — the last time I went, the only food/beverage vendor was Subway, the gift shop was cramped and poorly laid out, and there were empty display cases along some of the walls — but it’s a neat space, and definitely worth a visit.
One note: While admission is free, parking is $12.over 7 years ago
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