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Visting the Udvar-Hazy Center,29 Dec 16


Since we aren’t currently on a Cruise ship in the Carribean, sipping sugary rum drinks and wondering how the hoi polloi get by (this is a subject for another post, perhaps– we had to cancel our cruising plans) we decided to go visit the Udvar Hazy museum of flight and aeronautical technology near Dulles Airport, Chantilly, VA today. I took about 109 pictures, which I’d love to embed as an album on here, or even a slideshow. Sadly, Google’s move from Picasaweb to Google Photos makes identifying single albums in Google Photos next to impossible. So it goes. Below are a few links to many pictures of aircraft. The slide show works, but you won’t be able to read my comments. Mass adding of photographs also eliminates captioning somehow, so if you want to read my reverant, sometimes snarky, sometimes awe-struck commentary, you’ll have to go directly to the album, below.

Click here for SLIDESHOW

Click below to see the album

Enjoy. We had a blast visiting this museum.. it always has something new tucked away in a corner I haven’t seen yet.

A visit to the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico, VA


USMC Marine Corps OPD, Quantico, VA

Yesterday, we conducted an OPD (Opportunity for Personal Development) session at work. This is not always a lecture in a conference room about a dry technical topic; sometimes we go out on a field trip, as was the case today. Our destination was the US Marine Corps museum in Quantico, VA. If you have ever been heading North on I-95 at night just north of Fredericksburg, you can’t miss this signature structure, being a giant triangle with a big projecting bit sticking up in the sky. It’s impressive at night.

You can’t miss it.

The museum is a series of galleries roughly running in a semi-circle pattern around a large atrium with a few large scale dioramas in it. Here’s one:

A rather fanciful writer’s embellishment of the Okinawa landing Diorama in the atrium.

The Galleries off of the main atrium (the “Leatherneck Gallery”) follow a roughly historical order of precedence; starting with the origin of the Corps, early actions in the Revolutionary War and 1812, Mexican War and Civil War.

The artifacts in the Marine Corps museum are almost too numerous to mention; standouts for me were the 19th century armory items, such as the Maxim gun, the experimental boarding guns, swords of the early Marine Corps heroes, and the actual sledgehammer head from the assault on the Engine House at Harper’s Ferry!

The World War I section was great, including the much maligned King Armored Car, small arms and dioramas from the conflict, and some interactive video created by the museum staff.

As one might expect… the World War II Pacific section of this museum is the largest gallery by far, as befits a service that had such a huge impact on that theater of World War II. The standout exhibits for me were the actual Second Flag that was raised on Iwo Jima (the one that is featured in the classic flag raising photograph) and the memorial wall for the fallen at Iwo Jima. Alas, the Korean section was somewhat short and the Vietnam section was half bottle up for renovations, so we didn’t see much more. Thanks to Roger from the museum for showing us around!

SLIDE SHOW follows. If this doesn’t work, here is the DIRECT LINK to the show.

A Visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, expansion location for Air and Space


The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

I have never been to this expansion facility to the Air and Space museum yet; the outrageous parking fees (12 bones!!) hav ing kept me away before now.

Some other holiday plans having fallen through, we bundled up the children and headed over there during the holidays.

On this map, these pictures represent ONLY those aircraft in the Northern Section of the hangar.

There’s so much to see here, I’m breaking this up into two sections, as people complain about posts with a gazillion pictures in them.

So without further ado, highlights from:

Cold War, Korea, Vietnam and Modern Era fighters

My children in front of the formidable SR71 Blackbird reconnaissance plane.

The museum actually has one of Curtis “Cold War” LeMay’s trademark cigars.

This is the Bell UH1 Iroquois, popularized in Vietnam and many ‘Nam war movies.

I was taking notes like a madman, but missed this. I *think* it is a Soviet SA-7 GTA missile.

Going ’round the corner, I pause to snap a picture of the new Joint Strike Fighter.

This is the Grumman A-6 Intruder, now out of service inventory.

This is the Lockheed Shooting Star, one of our first jets. Shooting Star pilots were in for a rude awakening when it went up against the MiG-15!

Speaking of which, here’s one now. Matched againsit is the North American counterpart:


The North American F-86 Saber, a strong match for the MiG-15.

And here’s a MiG-21 Fishbed

OUR version of the V-1 Buzz Bomb, built by OUR kidnapped German Rocket Scientists.

A shot of some aircraft gunnery

I was quite taken with the MiG-15 and F-86 being so close to one another, so I shot them again from another angle:

They’re like a matched set!!

We’ll close out with a little American Army GTA missile, the Little John:

Next Intallment: World War 2 and Interwar.

NOTE: Mark Onomarchos also has visited Udvar-Hazy, and had these pics to share on his SMUG MUG blog.