Since company was in town yesterday, a trip to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum at Dulles Airport was in order. For those who have never been, it's hundreds of great aircraft shoe-horned into one huge hangar.
They've got pretty much everything in here, from an SR-71 (shown above) to this Wright Flyer (below) which I suspect is similar to the ones that Old NFO first crewed.
They have Warhawks and Corsairs,
Sabres and Huns.
They've got Phantoms,
(Sorry, Ed. I meant to get better pictures of this D model.)
They've even got the Space Shuttle Discovery in here now, after 39 missions and a rather premature forced retirement, IMHO.
There's a P-38 Lightning, shown center, and behind it...
The B-29 Enola Gay, one of the two bombers that finally made the Japanese see the light and start to get reasonable back in 1945.
Here's a shot of the top of the Enola Gay, showing where the forward .50cal. machine gun turret used to be. I never realized that they took those off before her epic flight to save on weight and drag.
Here's a D-model Republic P-47.
And a positively drool-worthy ex-German FW-190.
They've even got the last surviving Arado 234b Blitz bomber, the first operational jet bomber, shown here with Rocket-Assisted Take-Off (RATO) pods mounted under the wings.
There will be more later, but for now, company's awake so I've got to go. See ya!