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.
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!