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“Good museum, but they need more modern aircrafts” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151
703-572-4118
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Chantilly
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Science museums, Museums
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“Good museum, but they need more modern aircrafts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's a much better museum if you are actually an airplan fan to compare to the Air and Space museum in Washington, DC. It has the recent Discovery on the display as well. For those who is interested in the modern aviation there were not as many planes as I personally expected. The museum at Wright-Patterson AFB has probably 10 times more moders planes than this one. On the other hand - it's better, than nothing.
And $15 parking fee is really too much for 1 1/2 - 2 Hrs the average person would spend in the museum.

Visited October 2012
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“Always an enjoyable museum of flight.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have been to this flight museum at least four times and have enjoyed it each time. It is a collection of "machines" dating from the early history of powered flight to manned and unmanned flights in space. A great collection of airplanes and space flight vehicles plus they have visual effects rides where you get into a simulator for a ride to outer space. The Center is free but you have to pay to park.

Visited September 2012
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

What a fantastic place! Loaded with historic air and space vehicles, Space Shuttle Discovery, the Air France Concorde, Enola Gay that dropped the A-Bomb on Japan, Russian - German - Japanese - US - British warplanes, rockets, space sattelites, Mars Rover, great theater movies, good cafeteria, plenty of parking.

Visited September 2012
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“Interesting enough”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

One of the newer museums in NoVa, close to Dulles airport, so you will need a car to get there. Lots of interesting vintage planes -- space shuttle, Concorde, all very impressive, but the observation tower was disappointing. Long line to the elevator and small deck. McDonalds conveniently located inside museum. Good family outing.

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“Best display of aircraft anywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

The Smithsonian in DC has great exhibits and information about the history of air and space.

But if you love the machines themselves, this is the place to go. SR71, Discovery and a Concorde were the highlights for me.

Free admission is always a bonus. Only downside is it's out near Dulles airport, and quite a distance.

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