As a regular visitor since late 70s to It the National Air & Space Museum on the Mall in Washington DC, I thought that outstanding display of aviation history would be impossible to equal. When I finally got to drop in on the sprawling complex located on the outskirts of the Dulles International Airport, I discovered that Udvar-Hazy is indeed the equal of the sparkling jewel on the mall which is limited to amount of aircraft it can display by size and quantity. Therefore, notable aircraft such as the B-29 Superfortress, SR-71 Blackbird and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The interior is spacious enough to display these huge aircraft and then some. Second story galleries allow visitors to walk above the displays on ground floor and see suspended aircraft at eye level. The Smithsonian doesn't just display any aircraft, the examples on display are the history making examples such as the Enola Gay and Enterprise as well as a F-14A Tomcat that not only downed a Libyan MG, it also was upgraded to a F-14D Super Tomcat serving until the sunset of the Tomcat's service. There is also an observation tower that allows visitors to witness the busy flights in and out of Dulles, but the true magic is in the scores of aircraft on display. Access is far easier than braving DC traffic and parking is plentiful. Definitely worth a special trip and spending some time admiring and learning about the impressive collection unequalled anywhere.
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