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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum July 2013

#1
I just got back from a trip to DC and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It is AMAZING and we didn't even get to see the Udvar Hazy Center. Next time. As an aviation buff it was an absolutely amazing experience. If you EVER have the means to visit you really should and it's free. I'm going to be coming back as soon as I can.

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Early Jets
German Schwalbe and Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star
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There is an atrium full of UAVs
DarkStar
RQ-2A Pioneer
Shadow 200
Predator
J-UCAS
Dragon Eye (I'll post photos from my other camera soon) This display even had their field gear box that looked oddly similar to any RC flyer's.
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Aircraft carrier room that contained
Boeing F4B-4
Grumman F4F (Folded wings)
SBD-6 Dauntless (minus torpedo)
A-4C Skyhawk (Brought back memories of the TA-4J's I grew up with in Texas)
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P-51D Mustang. I love the nose art "Willit Run?"
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More photos to come.
 
#3
More photos

Reproduction of the Wright Brother's wind tunnel
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The Dragoneye UAV and gear
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The wad of black rubber behind the goggle's case is the bungie launcher
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Notice the bag of props and replacement parts
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A beautiful Alpha
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A Spitfire of course
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For anyone building their own FT Spitfire canopy, here is your Reference photo from a Mark VII
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We had one of these Tri-motors flying over our house a few weeks ago
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And some more of the drones
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Johan

Senior Member
#4
Very nice and free as well, they have quite a collection!

The spitfire reminds me (apart from the FT build etc) of a -think it was Revell- Spitfire 1/32 scale I build when I was a kid.

My Nephew gave it to me for my birthday. When I got it, my reaction was "Awesome!!" (think David style), but then in dutch :)

For me it looked huge at that age...
 

eagle4

New member
#5
i went there a couple of years ago, it was truly amazing, shame you didnt get out to the other site, the udvar hazy centre will blow your mind.
 

willsonman

Builder Extraordinare
Mentor
#6
Ha! If you are in OH you probably drove right past me on your way there and back. I live here and I've still not made it to Udvar Hazy. Nobody to go with. Anytime you want to go you can stay at my place! Great pictures though. I got a good one of me and the kids in front of the Spirit of St. Louis.
 

Tritium

Amateur Extra Class K5TWM
#9
The Dragoneye UAV is PRIME for a foamboard Build!There was a guy on e-bay a while ago selling the nose piece but he misidentified it as a RQ-11 Raven. I let him know it was for the Dragoneye.

Thurmond