A Real Standout

The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is the companion facility to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It is nirvana for any fanboy.. or fan-girl.. of aviation history… especially if that fan is a photographer. We found it to be of greater interest, more spacious with better staging and lighting than the older museum on the Mall… and without the crowds. Below are a handful of the the hundreds of pictures we snapped. Details and links for more about this wonderful, relatively undiscovered gem of an aviation museum (because of it’s location?) appear at bottom.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

 

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from the Rear

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from the Rear

 

WWI biplane fighter at Udvar-Hazy museum

WWI biplane fighter at Udvar-Hazy museum

 

WWI era twin engine bomber

WWI era twin engine bomber

 

WWII Vintage Japanese float plane

WWII Vintage Japanese night fighter

 

WWII vintage Japanese float plane

WWII vintage Japanese float plane

 

Suspended biplane at Udvar-Hazy museum

Suspended biplane & French Concorde

 

Vietnam Era US Carrier Based Jet

Vietnam Era US Carrier Based Jet

 

This WWII B-29 -The 'Enola Gay' - Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

This WWII B-29 -The ‘Enola Gay’ – Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

 

This WWII B-29 -The 'Enola Gay' - Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

This WWII B-29 -The ‘Enola Gay’ – Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

 

This WWII B-29 -The 'Enola Gay' - Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

This WWII B-29 -The ‘Enola Gay’ – Delivered the First Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima

 

WWII Vintage US Corsair Carrier Based Fighter

WWII Vintage US Corsair Carrier Based Fighter

 

Early PanAm Passenger 'Clipper' Service

Early PanAm Passenger ‘Clipper’ Service

 

Lufthansa Passenger Tri-motor

Lufthansa Passenger Tri-motor

 

WWII Vintage P-38 Lightning

WWII Vintage P-38 Lightning

 

WWII Vintage German Fighter

WWII Vintage German Fighter

 

WWII Vintage German Jet Fighter

WWII Vintage German Jet Fighter

 

WWII Vintage German Warplanes

WWII Vintage German Warplanes

 

Monoplane Similar to Lindberg's 'Spirit of St Louis'

Monoplane Similar to Lindberg’s ‘Spirit of St Louis’

 

Russian MIG Fighter

Russian MIG Fighter

 

Russian MIG Fighter

Russian MIG Fighter

 

Russian Fighter

Russian Fighter

 

Russian MIG & Sabre Jet Nose to Nose

Russian MIG & Sabre Jet Nose to Nose

 

Iconic Sabre Jet at Udvar-Hazy museum

Iconic Sabre Jet at Udvar-Hazy museum

 

Korean War era Sabre Jet Fighter

Korean War era Sabre Jet Fighter

 

The Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle

 

Is There More?

Yes. Here are some links and a little text with more details, straight from the Smithsonian website..

The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is our companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Opened in 2003, its two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX® Theater and the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which gives you a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area. Udvar-Hazy Center is also home to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar where preservation of the National Air and Space Museum’s collections takes place. A glassed-in mezzanine provides a view of restoration projects in progress.

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