Saturday, January 14, 2012


Grammy & Grandpa came down from New Jersey last weekend for a belated Christmas visit.  Instead of just hanging around the house playing with the tons of gifts they brought (for us all!) we checked off something that's been on our DC to-do list forever - a visit to the Udvar-Hazy Center outpost of the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum.

Udvar-Hazy houses thousands of aviation and space artifacts in several giant hangars.  The Boeing Aviation Hangar showcases various aircraft from the ground as well suspended from the high arched ceiling.  Elevated walkways almost four stories up provide "nose-to-nose" views of aircraft in suspended flight.

For me it was very cool seeing my dad, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran from the Korean War, interested in and excited about the exhibits just as much as Joseph and I were.

It's also beyond cool heading toward the McDonnell Space Hangar and seeing the larger than life Space Shuttle Enterprise as well as tons of other famous spacecraft, rockets and satellites.

Probably everyone's favorite part was heading up to the top of Engen Tower, an observation deck much like an air traffic control center with a 360 degree view of Dulles airport and the Blue Ridge mountains. Joseph was thrilled watching planes land and take off from the airport.  It was truly spectacular!

Maybe next time we'll even give the flight simulators a try, or perhaps we'll check out their "Air & Scare" event next Halloween.  Would you believe we've never even been to the Air & Space Museum on the National Mall with Joseph?!  It's got to be a let down after this, but yet it's still on the DC to-do list.  All in good time!

1 comment:

Jocie Z ROCK said...

fab pix Carl!! so glad you posed these since i have never been there!!! great shots!! gives me a really good idea of the whole scene!