We are trying to take in things in DC that we have not seen before. On Tuesday we drove out to the National Air and Space Museum’s hangar at Dulles Airport. We had been to the Air and Space Museum down on the mall, but the hangar at Dulles has come on line since we last were really exploring DC. It is a much larger facility than at the mall and, therefore, can display many more aircraft and the Smithsonian has a huge inventory.
Among the many planes are the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, a supersonic Concorde, a Blackbird spy plane and the Virgin Atlantic Global flyer, the first plane to make a solo nonstop and nonrefueled circumnavigation of Earth.
But the real star of the show there is the recently arrived Space Shuttle Discovery. The museum already had the Shuttle Enterprise, which only flew sub orbital test missions, but that Shuttle was moved on to New York. Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center will be the homes for the other two retired shuttles.