Sunday morning, I went to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Annex at Dulles International Airport and I met this guy:
He and his charming wife are down visiting their daughter and son-in-law, and he couldn't leave without visiting this sacred place, so I headed down to meet up with him. And what a great morning it was.
Walking in, one of the first aircraft you see is this SR-71 down on the main floor below.
There's also this Vought F4U-1D hanging at eye level.
And there's this classic Curtiss P-40E Warhawk next to it.
There's also this Westland Lysander that both OldAFSarge and I are particular fans of.
Here's a nifty little Nieuport 28. During World War 1, the French evaluated this aircraft and rejected it in favor of the Spad XIII. Needing aircraft badly, American forces adopted these and few them until the US forces could get enough Spad XIIIs from the French.
Halberstadt CL.IV, a German around attack and fighter aircraft. Note the radiator in the right wing.
Spad XVI, top view.
French Caudron G4 light bomber and recon aircraft is one of the oldest surviving bombers left.
And here's a Loening OA-1A, one of the aircraft that flew from Texas through Mexico to Central and South America before returning to Washington DC back in 1926-1927. Parked ahead of it is a bright yellow Boeing "Stearman" Kaydet trainer.
Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny", known primarily for mail delivery and barnstorming acts after the Great War.
Here's a Douglas M2 that used to fly mail between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City back in the 1920s. (Now that's when it would have been cool to work for the Post Office!)
Look! A biplane with a funny hook on top.
Curtiss F-9C Sparrowhawk, one of eight designed to be carried aloft by one of the US Navy's two dirigibles in the 1930s, the USS Akron and the USS Macon.
Got a pest problem? You might need this Huff-Daland cropduster, made from a military surplus Petrel.
More later...gotta go out for a bit.