Our first stop was the air traffic control tower mock up which I was especially campaigning to see and wanted to be sure we didn't run out of time to experience all it had to offer. What a huge disappointment when my imagination didn't meet reality. It was nothing more than a mock-up with static controls and signage that told us how this and that worked. For some reason I envisioned interpreters or at least docents up there explaining and demonstrating how things worked with actual windows. Oh well. I won't bore you with all those photos. In fact I took 130 photos in all, including all the airplanes and space stations and such. Seeing and being surrounded by planes is nothing new to me. I have either lived on or near Air Force bases most of my life. I have been to numerous air shows. I have visited the parade ground at Lackland Air Force Base nearly daily...which has military planes along a lovely walkway, not to mention all the static displays on the base. In fact I used to jog around the parade ground in my college years. We'd go for evening walks when my kids were little so they could become familiar with the vintage WWII aircraft, each one unique and fascinating. Thus I have decided to showcase only a few of my favorites, which always includes WWII and a few others! The rest I'll save for research for my future writing projects.
At the top of the tower are two levels. This bottom level allowed us to see the perimeter of Northern Virginia. In the distant are the Blue Ridge Mountains. The top level was the static display (no windows) of the controls of a control tower.
He is a huge fan of corsairs, as am I!
I love the creativity of these WWII planes!
|Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk|
|Vought F4U-1D Corsair|
|Langley Aerodome A from1903|
I love Star Wars!
|US Postal Service Collection Box|
The Space Shuttle Discovery flew over our house on the way to the Udvar-Hazey to go on permanent display, seen here!
|Space Shuttle Discovery|
Ending with my favorites!
|Kittyhawk and Corsair|
I'm sure all who visit take gobs of photos and if they all had a blog, and were encouraged to choose only 10 favorites, we'd have a fun view of all the variety that is offered!