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Surprise find at the museum
« on: May 26, 2021, 03:48:53 AM »
I went with my daughter on her 8th grade school trip to Washington D.C. last week. One of our stops was the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. I spent some time as an Aircraft Electrician in the US Army and have always been fascinated by all things aviation so I was already super excited to be there.
We were up on a platform next to the space shuttle Discovery and I noticed there was a glass wall behind us overlooking the hangar where I'm guessing they do repair work and get aircraft ready for display. I looked down and saw something really cool....
THEY HAVE AN X-WING FIGHTER!!!
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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2021, 03:50:42 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »
Cool!! They have some neat sci-fi stuff around those museums. Itís not uncommon to see R2D2 rolling around there or the one downtown from time to time.

The one in DC proper also has the original model of the Enterprise used for the Star Trek tv show in the sixties. Itís pretty cool, and quite a bit larger than I expected.

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2021, 04:03:57 AM »
Cool!! They have some neat sci-fi stuff around those museums. Itís not uncommon to see R2D2 rolling around there or the one downtown from time to time.

The one in DC proper also has the original model of the Enterprise used for the Star Trek tv show in the sixties. Itís pretty cool, and quite a bit larger than I expected.

Seeing the Discovery was pretty impressive too. I always knew the space shuttles were big but, that thing just seemed absolutely massive in person!
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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2021, 06:11:16 AM »
Was the SR-71 still there?   That was the one that surprised me as to how big it was.

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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2021, 06:18:23 AM »
Was the SR-71 still there?   That was the one that surprised me as to how big it was.
That's my favorite one in the collection.  So big and so flat! 
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2021, 07:27:08 AM »
I have an SR-71 down the road from me at battleship in Mobile bay. Yes, they are big. I'd love to see that X-wing tho

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2021, 12:13:33 PM »
Man, I am jealous that is super cool. Any pictures of the discovery?

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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2021, 04:00:39 PM »
Very cool photo.  The x-wing looks like itís seen some action.

We planned to go to the Smithsonian when we went to the USA, but the government shut down due to some politics, and all the museums and national parks closed.  Hooray.

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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2021, 04:15:53 PM »
that's more put together than the last pics I saw of it I think on ... slashdot or nerdist last week
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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2021, 09:04:52 PM »
Was the SR-71 still there?   That was the one that surprised me as to how big it was.

Yup, still there. I saw one when I was a kid in the museum at Wright Patterson Air Base in Ohio.
It's always been one of my favorites!
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2021, 09:07:02 PM »
Man, I am jealous that is super cool. Any pictures of the discovery?

Yeah, I have a few...
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2021, 09:07:27 PM »
Another one
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2021, 09:07:50 PM »
And one more...
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Re: Surprise find at the museum
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2021, 07:03:35 AM »
Seeing the Discovery was pretty impressive too. I always knew the space shuttles were big but, that thing just seemed absolutely massive in person!

Really? I thought they were small. We were there for a landing and our tour bus happened to pass it when it was being towed back to the hanger. I was amazed at how small it seemed.