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Mr Meek

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From: Chattanooga, TN
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-14-2008 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the deal: My girlfriend and I are going to PA this week (leaving tonight) for a wedding. The plan is for us to drive back on Saturday. I checked Google Maps, and going to the Udvar-Hazy center adds about an hour to the drive. Obviously, we wouldn't just want to pop in for 5 minutes, so there's another hour (at least) added on to the trip.

I'd love to take a full day and go to both the Udvar-Hazy center and the National Mall building, but finances won't allow another night's hotel stay.

So, I'm faced with a conundrum. I've seen Gemini VII before, and my curiosity about boilerplates only extends so far. Enterprise and Friendship 7 II are the main attractions for me. Those of you who have been to the center, does it make any sense at all to just pop in for an hour or so, or should I plan an entirely separate trip to do both buildings some time in the future?

Last minute planning. I love it.

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posted 05-14-2008 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blacklion1   Click Here to Email blacklion1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr Meek, The Udvar-Hazy facility is truly a space/aviation enthusiast wonderland. It should not be rushed. The exhibits are displayed in such a way as to encourage the visitor to linger and observe (and take pictures). Do yourself and family a favor plan a trip to the facility so that you have plenty of time to take it all in. Just visiting the "control tower" would take upwards of thirty minutes if not more.


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posted 05-14-2008 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Udvar-Hazy facility is wonderful, the area where the Enterprise is located have a number of flown items. There are space suits such as Jim Irwin’s Apollo 15 spacesuit, SpaceLab module, as well as items returned from various moon landing missions. I was at this facility in March and the Enterprise had changed since I was there last, it had the section of leading edge installed that had been used for the testing during the Columbia investigation. Still visible are the scuff marks where they had tested that particular leading edge with the foam (this was for the tests that the foam did not penetrate). This was very interesting and humbling. I believe that the stop would be worth while, just go back again and see the rest of the museum because it is an amazing collection of aviation history.


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From: McLean, VA, USA
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posted 05-14-2008 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You will definitely need more than an hour at Hazy which has an SR-71, Boeing 707, SST, Enola Gay, Mig, Huey, and much much more. Be sure to check out the ballon/bomb that that the Japanese sent over the Pacific ocean during WWII to North America. Go to the Hazy web site for a complete list of exhibits. You would do both musuems a disservice in trying to see both in one day. Dependent upon traffic it is ~ 45-50 drive from each location to the other. If you have no choice and have to see both, get your first stop at opening time 10:00 AM


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posted 05-15-2008 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get there when they open, and don't leave until they kick you out of the gift shop. That building is full of history, much more to see than the Enterprise.


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posted 05-15-2008 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love the Milestones of Flight Gallery at NASM. . . and peering at the exhibits from the balcony. . .the Apollo to the Moon Gallery is my second favorite followed by early aviation I always see Scott Carpenter's Mercury suit as if the suit is an old friend.

It is great to see the Enterprise up close at Udvar Hazy. That is the main event. There are some other space capsules/artifacts to appreciate in the vicinity. The smallness of the Concorde is interesting.

What would I do? NASM first at 10 am followed by the ride to Udvar Hazy and then the trip back home. I have been known to "rest/sleep" at the rest areas on my overnight 1,000 mile drives to the AHOF Inductions on more than one occasion.

Mr Meek

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From: Chattanooga, TN
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posted 05-16-2008 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, as things often do, plans have changed. I have to be back in Chattanooga on Sunday morning, so there's no way to stop for the day. Thanks for the suggestions, though, guys.

I should say, I've been to NASM twice before, so this trip really was just to see Enterprise and any other neat artifacts in the spaceflight wing of Udvar-Hazy.

(Also, Robert, thanks for bumping this to the right forum. I was ostensibly paying attention in a staff meeting when I originally posted.)

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