Aircraft & Spacecraft of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

of the Smithsonian Institution, Dulles Airport, Virginia

These photographs were made 12 September 2010.  Click on a photograph to view the full high-resolution version.

Two views of the main hanger of the Udvar-Hazy

Center. 

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Enola Gay, B-29 Superfortress bomber. Dropped the first atomic bomb 6 August 1945.

Nieuport 28C.1 biplane

Nieuport 28C.1 biplane

Nieuport 28C.1 biplane

Nieuport 28C.1 biplane, used by United States forces in World War I. 

North American P-51C Mustang

North American P-51C Mustang

North American P-51C Mustang

North American P-51C Mustang, Excalibur III.  On May 29, 1951, Charles F. Blair flew this aircraft from Norway across the North Pole to Alaska. 

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

Piper J-3 Cub

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Piper J-3 Cub Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, "T-Bird" U. S. Air Force jet trainer. 

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre

North American F-86A Sabre, the first U. S. swept-wing jet fighter.  Was widely used in the Korean War. 

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F, "Fishbed C," Soviet

second-generation jet fighter. 

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat

Cessna A152 Aerobat, is the acrobatic version of the Cessna 152.  This aircraft can handle +6g to -3g forces (and it's one of my favorite aircraft). 

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae

Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae, flown by Wiley Post flown around the world in 1931 and 1933; and in 1935 Post reached the stratosphere wearing the first

pressure suite.  The 5C was the first aircraft to sport the NACA cowl. 

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B

Mercury spacecraft 15B, Freedom 7 II.  This is one of only existing Mercury spacecraft in orbital configuration.  Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. was scheduled to

pilot a long-duration orbital mission as Mercury-Atlas 10 (MA-10).  The mission, however, was cancelled. 

Robert H. Goddard 1935 A-Series rocket

Robert H. Goddard 1935 A-Series rocket

Robert H. Goddard 1935 A-Series rocket

Robert H. Goddard 1935 A-Series rocket. 

Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101

The Space Shuttle Enterprise, used for development and drop-testing from the Boeing 747 carrier aircraft.

It carried the designation Orbiter Vehicle (OV-101) but never went into space.  It had no engines. 

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