Yesterday was a personal day: a lot of time on the road, and very little writing. Oh, it got done, but like three hundred words worth, mostly because I wanted to get the next scene started, but I didn’t want to get too much because I was falling asleep in my chair.
Now, on to the travel. As it was my eleven month anniversary of being in hormone replacement, I decided to take a little day trip, and headed down to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport outside of Washington D.C.. And while I didn’t write, I took pictures: lots of pictures–
I’ve visited the Air and Space Museum in downtown D.C., and I’ve been to the Air Force Museum outside Dayton, OH. As you might have guessed I love aircraft. I almost went into the Air Force at one time, and would have loved to have gone up on the shuttle, danger be damned. Here I got to hob-nob with one of a kind aircraft, many of them among the last of their kind, and a few of them the only ones of their kind–
The 367-80 was the test plane that led to the Boeing 707. It’s also famous for one of the most famous incidences in flight history, when test pilot Tex Johnson performed two barrel rolls the Dash 80 (as it was called) in front of a bunch of Boeing executives on 6 August, 1955. You wanna see?
But I saw more as well:
That is one of the last aircraft used for training by the Tuskegee Airmen, and if you don’t know their history, you need to read more. This biplane was off in a far corner of the museum because, as I discovered later, it’s being moved to another museum in downtown D.C..
And I found this:
But since I’m talking here, the Enola Gay was the B-29 that bombed Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August, 1945. It only dropped one, but I think you know by now the one we’re talking about. As the Air Force Museum has Bock’s Car, the aircraft used to bomb Nagasaki, I’ve seen both bombers. And I can move on to other things–
And a Super Connie:
The last surviving plane to make the first flight around world in 1924.
And I found the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel:
The first jet bomber, flown during WW II:
And a rocket plane, the ME 163, that was one of the desperation weapons used as WW II came to a close.
I also found a Blackbird, but it wasn’t singing in the dead of the night–
I also discovered how the space program used to run on 124 kilobyte (yes, not a typo) computers:
I also found a space lab:
I discovered where the museum kept their nucwewur willis:
And the Mother Ship:
With R2-D2 along for the ride.
Most of all, I saw the space shuttle Discovery, which I’ve wanted to see a long time.
Some close ups:
And I managed to get a couple of pictures with the orbiter:
All in all, a good, tiring day, and I was totally beat when I arrived home. But . . . I’ll probably go back again. Maybe next year when I get close to two years on HRT and I’m done seeing my doctor.
Tomorrow, more writing–