Day 812: Manassas NB, National Air and Space Museum

This morning we drove south to Manassas National Battlefield, site of the first major battle of the Civil War.  Civilians came out to watch the battle, and many thought this would be the first and last battle of the war:

Day_812_02

This display has lights imbedded in the terrain which illuminate in synchronization with the narration to explain the order of battle:

Day_812_03

After watching the park film, we toured the visitor center:

Day_812_04

Day_812_05

Day_812_06

Day_812_07

Day_812_08

Day_812_09

Day_812_10

The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

Day_812_11

After three days straight of Civil War sites, we were glad to get away from that subject and visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex of the National Air and Space Museum:

Day_812_12

A World War II era Vought F4U Corsair:

Day_812_13

A Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest aircraft ever made:

Day_812_14

Day_812_16

Day_812_17

Day_812_19

Day_812_20

Day_812_15

A Republic-Ford JB-2 “Loon”, copy of the German V-1:

Day_812_18

The Space Shuttle Discovery:

Day_812_21

Day_812_22

Day_812_23

Day_812_24

Day_812_25

Day_812_26

Looking up into the instrument unit ring of a Saturn V rocket:

Day_812_27

Day_812_28

The restoration hangar.  In the foreground are the wings and fuselage sections of a B-26 Marauder:
 

Day_812_29

Day_812_30

Day_812_31

Day_812_32

Day_812_33

Day_812_34

A Mobile Quarantine Facility, an airstream RV converted by NASA to house the astronauts after landing while they were being checked for contamination by extra-terrestrial microbes:

Day_812_35

Day_812_36

Day_812_37

Here it is in use:

image

Day_812_38

Day_812_39

Day_812_40

The Concorde:

Day_812_41

Day_812_43

The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, the airplane that made the first solo nonstop flight around the world in 2005:

Day_812_42

The Gossamer Albatross, winner of the second Kremer prize by being the first human powered aircraft to cross the English Channel:

Day_812_44

There was a display board about Operation Migration:

Day_812_45

Lockheed Super Constellation:

Day_812_46

A Boeing 307 Stratoliner, look at all that chrome:

Day_812_47

The Enola Gay, the B-29 that bombed Hiroshima:

Day_812_48

After touring the museum, we drove to the nearby Walmart of Chantilly, Virginia to overnight.  Trish worked on her latest craft, crocheting:

Day_812_01

See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 811: Monocacy MB, Harpers Ferry NHP, Appalachian NST, Antietam NB
Day 813: Wolf Trap NPfPA, Great Falls Park, C&O Canal NHP, Clara Barton NHS, Glen Echo Park

2 thoughts on “Day 812: Manassas NB, National Air and Space Museum

  1. So I was wondering why the US flag on the Space Shuttle appears to be backwards. I Googled it and this is what I found from the NASA website:

    “The regulation for displaying a U.S. flag on a national vehicle states that the star field must be positioned at the front of the vessel (the nose cone end of the shuttle), as if the flag were “flying” along the side of the ship. This causes the flag to look as though it were backward on one side of the Shuttle.”

    You probably knew this already but some of your readers might not! :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>