Air and Space Museum-Innovations in Flight

On June 15, 2019, the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA held an Innovations in Flight event where aircraft like private planes to military transports were on display for the public.

V-22 Osprey
V-22 Osprey – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore
Passenger Jet
Passenger Jet – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

The event ran from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Unfortunately, I arrived late, so I didn’t get a chance to tour C-17 cockpit or the United passenger jet.

I had the opportunity to speak with several teenagers in the Civil Air Patrol as well as private pilots.

I looked into many of the smaller airplanes like Pipers and couldn’t imagine riding or flying in them simply because I’m 6′ 6″. This was a running thought throughout the day.

Woodstock – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

I liked this plane for Woodstock. The sign in front says it’s been customized and it won a few timed distance contests.

If you look close the leading edge of the wings have raised edges pointing right and left.

B-25 Cockpit
B-25 Cockpit – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

This is the cockpit of a B-25 that flew in WWII. It’s been used in movies. It’s hard to see because the picture picked up the Plexiglas well, but the co-pilot’s seat back (on right) was cut off halfway up so a camera operator could film the pilot.

I’m standing where a pole with a bicycle seat ought to be for the top turret gunner’s position.

As a side note, I my father flew a B-24 and was a top turret gunner. I wish I could’ve seen out turret–it would’ve been cool to see what he’d seen. Obviously, I’d be on the ground without any enemy aircraft about.

Here are a few more pictures.

Air Force Helicopter
Air Force Helicopter – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore
F-22 – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

These next few pictures of C-17 transport. While standing around, the wind spun the turbines on the left of the picture, which made a noise. For a second, I wondered if a switch was flipped by accident.

C-17 – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore
C-17 Cargo Bay
C-17 Cargo Bay – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

As the event ended, I ventured into the museum proper. Here is the restoration hanger.

Restoration Hanger
Restoration Hanger – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

Here are my two favorite exhibits, the space shuttle and SR-71.

Space Shuttle Discovery
Space Shuttle Discovery – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore
SR-71 – Copyright 2019 George G. Moore

I had a great time. Next time, I plan to arrive when the exhibit opens, so I can enjoy everything.

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