Yesterday I had the privilege of walking through the doors of the famed Udvar-Hazy Flight museum. Also known as The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 2.0, this place is possibly one of the most exciting locations in the DC area. Among the collection is an array of Aircraft, Rockets and Spacecraft that captivates the visitors imagination.It truly is a place for the young and young at heart.
Walking through those doors I was suddenly a kid again. When looking at the map I was immediately taken back to my walks with my German grandfather at the technical museum in Sindsheim,Germany. Together we would point out all of the different aircraft hanging from the rafters, as though they could fly at any moment. I also remembered my American Grandpa Bob and his stories of servicing escort fighters out in the Pacific. Both men made a deep impact on my mind and passion for history. As terrible as the conflict was, it ushered in a new age of science and technological advances.
When walking up to The Focke-Wulf, Heinkels, Messerschmidts, Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Lightnings I remembered the stories of brave ace pilots and the scientific minds that built their machines. The famous Enola Gay, a giant B-29 bomber that dropped the first atom bomb, loomed larger than life. The Space Shuttle Discovery, with its gravitational burn marks, detailed the journey humanity took to reach out beyond its limits. All around me were machines that captured my childhood imagination. I may have spent two hours under the roof but it felt like I was there a lifetime. Don’t miss this amazing place, it is worth it.