During a recent visit to Washington D.C. my wife and I visited the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It was an absolute treat visiting each exhibit, collection, and artifacts from the earliest days of man’s quest to fly to today’s advanced aeronautical technologies.
We started looking at the Mercury Friendship 7, then to the Apollo 11, the old Soviet Union’s SS-20 and the U.S. Pershing II rockets. We then moved to explore exhibits of early aircraft design, technological advances, and of course an excellent selection of vintage World War II American, German, Japanese, and Russian aircraft (land and nautical based).
After several hours looking at all the exhibits it became very obvious the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. The 22 exhibition galleries, displaying hundreds of artifacts including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the "Spirit of St. Louis," and the Apollo 11 command module made it possible to truly appreciate how far we’ve come in the pursuit of flight.
Anyone visiting Washington D.C. should take full advantage of all the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. For those interested in flight, the Air and Space Museum is a hands down a must see.
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