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“Amazing place, awesome whether or not you are into space and aviation!” 5 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 10 Attractions in Chantilly
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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“Amazing place, awesome whether or not you are into space and aviation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

This is very off the beaten path if you are staying in DC with no car. It is accessible by public transportation, and if there is not an article posted on this I will write one.

This is an awesome facility, and having it in a hangar, with a control tower sets the mood. There are unbelievable things here...the Enola Gay, the shuttle Discovery, a blackbird, and many other aviation, engineering and historical marvels. For those into wartime aviation, they have a collection of Japanese, German and Soviet aircraft, many of which are the only surviving examples. Add to that many spacecraft, helicopters, human powered flying machines....it just goes on and on.

It is an OK place for kids, but probably a quicker visit as patience will not allow reading of all of the explanations and history.

Like all Smithsonian facilities, admission is free.

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“Steven F Who ???”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

What a far sighted and generous person Mr Udvar-Hazy IS ! Had no idea this place existed till l was tipped off by someone else when talking about the National Air & Space Museum.This is definetly a worthy rival and as a plane nut this probably just pips the NA&SM ! My opinion only. Where do you start , apart from paying your very reasonable $15 parking fee (and hoping it goes to the Museum ) A day after the scandal broke I was aked on entering "do you need a receipt ?" Stupidly I said "No thanks" !! The Centre is brilliant , with way too much for me to pay justice to it. Suffice to say some of the highlights are the Space Shuttle, SR71 , The Air France Concorde , the B-29 Enola Gay and my personal favourites the P-40 & F-4U that greet you at the top of the stairs !! Could spend a lot more time and next time won't take the missus !!
Good one Steven and best of luck to the future for the Centre !!

Visited November 2012
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“Great place to see some of the larger aircraft”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Wonderfully laid out this facility is large enough to show some of the Smithsonian's larger aircraft. Great place to wonder through and quietly read the information plaques.

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“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

We went as part of a thanksgiving trip. My son and I love this stuff and my wife indulges us. Amazing array of aircraft, many hung as though in flight. This is the best air museum we have visited, and admission is free.

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Chesterfield, Michigan
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“For planes, this is better than the main muesum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was a gem. Had time to kill for two hours. I was blown away. The main thing to see of course is the space shuttle Discovery. I have seen the trainers, but seeing the real thing was very cool. They do a great job showing the planes. The Concorde, German WWII planes, and the Elola Gay. Would go back in a heart beat.

Visited December 2012
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