Today at work was set aside for training purpses, and since it ended way, way earlier than planned, it became what I call a "Foxtrot October day." Therefore, I exempted myself from any semblance of adult responsibility and went over to the nearby Washington Navy Yard to visit their really nifty National Museum of the US Navy.
It's housed in the old Breech Mechanism and Gun Shop, an original 19th century structure where they used to make and repair ship's guns.
Old NFO exhibit, but it's so comprehensive that it's housed in another section entirely. Apparently it was closed today.)
They still have lots of guns in there, though.
Japanese Ohka, or "Baka" flying bomb.
USS Mannert L. Abele.
They've got a Corsair, too--an F4U-4.
J.T. "Tom" Blackburn's plane.
The Jolly Rogers: The story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17. Blackburn was a hell of a guy.
They've got ship models, too. Lots of 'em.
And as if this stuff isn't enough, over in the corner, suspended from the ceiling, is the Bathyscaphe Trieste. Yes, the real one.
Don Walsh's story about diving to record depths with Trieste.
And that's not even the only submersible hanging from the ceiling. DSV Alvin is there, too. Although I confess that this is confusing to me as the Alvin, far as I can tell, is still in use at Woods Hole Oceanographic.
call ahead and get clearance. It's worth the effort.