Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you our trip to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. If you love planes and their history, this is the place to visit. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center consists of two huge hangars. There is the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. These hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts.
This Museum is one of nineteen Smithsonian Museums. At the National Air and Space Museum, you can see exhibits such as Business Aviation, Cold War Aviation, Human Spaceflight, Korea and Vietnam Aviation and Modern Military Aviation. To name a few. Some of the planes on exhibit are a Lockhead SR-71, a Concorde and the space shuttle Discovery. The center also has an IMAX theater and an Observation Tower which gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the surrounding areas. Visible from the tower is Dulles International Airport. Feel your tummy start to growl while your looking at all the planes? No worries.. There is a McDonald's right in the museum!
The Air and Space Museum's information:
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Baby Changing Rooms available
Restrooms available on each floor
10 am - 5:30 pm Everyday
Here is the Observation Tower and a photo taken from inside the Tower. Facing towards Dulles International Airport. It was really awesome to see the planes landing and taking off.
Here is the Lockhead SR- 17 Blackbird that my husband was so thrilled about! Its amazing to know that this plane made it from Los Angeles to Washington, DC in one hour and 4 minutes! Fast!
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver
U.S. Air Force Plane
The Space Shuttle, Discovery. To me, this got my attention the most. It was so cool to see. This space shuttle was so much bigger than I imagined and it was so cool to see what the outside of the shuttle was made out of. Truly fascinating.
While on the lower level, look up! You'll see a bunch of planes!
Our visit was a lot of fun. It was so amazing to see how planes have developed over the years. It was also to be in a place where part of one of the Transformer movies was filmed. The museum has a few pieces on display that you can look at. Including the script, costumes and The All Spark "Sliver". My sons loved sitting inside of a small plane where they got to explore all of the buttons and switches. If you visit the museum during the week, there is a observation deck where you can see workers working on airplanes in the shop. Don't forget to grab a souvenir on the way out from the Museum Store!
The museum was clean and the employees were helpful and friendly. There is a lot to see and do at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia. If you are ever in the area, its a must see. Especially for plane lovers.
For more information visit: http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/