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.
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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