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Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Air and Space Museum at Dulles, Virginia

If you like big machines, the Air and Space Museum at Dulles, Virginia is the place for you. Their collection includes both civilian and military aircraft, since the beginning of aviation to modern times. They also include some amazing items related to space travel such as capsules, space suits, satelites, etc, but pehaps the crown jewel of this museum is the recently retired Discovery Space Shuttle. In terms of military aircraft the collection covers all 20th century conflicts from WWI through the Cold War, and it includes not only domestic craft, but also some captured foreign planes. I have been to this Museum a few times, and every time I enjoy it as much as the first time. Below are some pictures I took during my most recent trip. Clearly, I have a bias towards the WWII items, but I also took a couple snapshots of some other cool things. Let's take a look.

British Hawker Hurricane IIC

British Westland Lysander IIIA

German Arado Ar 234 B Blitz

German Dornier Do 335 A Pfeil

German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F

German Fw 190 F, Ar 234 B and Do 335 A

German Heinkel He 219 A Uhu

German Junkers Ju-52

German Messerschmitt Me 163 B-1a Komet

Japanese Aichi M6AI Seiran

Japanese Kawanishi NIK2-Ja Shiden Kai "George"

Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu "Nick" under Aichi M6AI Seiran

Japanese Nakajima Jini-S Gekko "Irving" over Kugisho MXY7 Ohka Model 22

US Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay

US Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay

US Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

US Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

US Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

US Lockheed P-38J Lightning

US Northrop P-61C Black Widow

US Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

US Vought F4U-ID Corsair

US Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher

The Concorde

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Space Shuttle Discovery

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