posted 01-23-2004 04:52 PM
Well, after a few false starts due to inclement weather, I finally made it to the Udvar-Hazy Center (I wish that donor's name was Smith).
Anyway, My wife and I got the proper instructions from Robert Pearlman on how to get to the museum from Washington DC. We caught the 9AM shuttle bus from the NASM out to Dulles. There we met Robert and Curt Newport who proceeded to give us a great tour of America's Hanger.
The UHC is huge. You can see a B-29 bomber stashed in among a 100 other planes including the Concorde. The whole group takes up only about half the hanger, then you get the idea that the building is mamouth.
It was enjoyable to listen to Rob and Curt discuss space capsules and the various planes. A few of highlights in the UHC were seeing the Enola Gay, the Concorde and Jim Irwin's lunar EVA suit as well as a display of lunar tools. Rob and Curt kept us entertained with their knowledge of the planes and the museum.
It takes about four hours to roam the museum and see everything, except the IMAX theater. We were very fortunate that there was a light crowd there on a Wednesday morning and we were able to move freely about the hanger.
Then it was up to the observation tower to look at Dulles airport and back on the shuttle bus at 1:30 for the trip back to DC.
A very nice way to spend a day in Washington.
Many thanks to Rob and Curt.
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