Friday, October 23, 2009

Air and Space Museum

On the way to the Air and Space Museum we passed the Smithsonian Castle and the light was good for a photo.


Mercury Friendship 7 the First US Manned Orbital Flight.

This is the Mercury spacecraft in which astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. became the 1st American to orbit the Earth. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn circled the Earth three times. The first person to travel in space, making one orbit on April 12, 1961, was Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.



Brietling Orbiter 3 Gondola, The first nonstop flight around the world by balloon on March 1, 1999 to March 21, 1999.


Douglas DC-3 Entered Service in 1936


Bleriot XI

Louis Bleriot successfully crossed the English Channel in a similar craft in 1909. the Bleriot monoplanes have been among the most popular airplanes in the world. The single seat model on exhibit is capable of remaining in the air for up to 3 hours and can climb to 1640 feet in 5 minutes.


The Messerschmitt Me 262.


Northrop 2B Gamma Polar Star

On Nov 23, 1935, explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, with pilot Herbert Hollick-Kenyon, took off in the Polar Star from Dundee Island in the Weddell Sea and headed across Antarctica to Little America. Fuel exhaustion forced them to land 40 kilometers short of their goal on December 5. The total distance flown by the Polar Star before its forced landing was about 3862 kilometers.


The Hughes H-1 racer, designed by Howard Hughes and Richard Palmer was developed to be the fastest landplane in the world. On September 14, 1935 Hughes achieved the world speed record of 567 kilometers per hour and the transcontinental U.S. speed record on Jan. 19, 1937 from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. in 7 hours, 28.5 minutes. His average speed was 535 kilometers per hour.

The Beech Model 17 Staggerwing (Yellow) 1932

Became popular as a luxury private and business transport. Staggerwings set many records and won several major air races prior to World War II.


Actual Apollo Lunar Module. This lunar module is one of 12 built for the Apollo moon-landing Program.


Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

Affectionately known as the “ Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it flew on August 2, 1926. Noisy but reliable, the Ford Tri-Motor played a major role in convincing the public that air travel was safe and practical.


Unmanned exhibit This is a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., MQ-1L Predator A.


Boeing F4B-4


Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6


Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero was the primary Japanese naval fighter in World War II.


Wooden silhouettes of WWII aircrafts.


Ryan NYP spirit of St.Louis

Charles A. Lindbergh flew this plane to complete the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight on May 21, 1927.


This is a rare Wright bicycle model “St.Clair”, was built in 1898.


The 1903 Wright Flyer . The first heavier-than-air, powered aircraft to make a sustained, controlled flight with a pilot aboard.


Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

Piloted by A. Scott Crossfield, on November 20, 1953, the Skyrocked became the first aircraft to fly faster than Mach 2, twice the speed of sound.


Northrop M2-F3 Lifting Body



There is a lot of Apollo and Skylab also.

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