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PostSubject: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:57 am

Figured I'd share, in case anybody was interested in seeing these Smile I went to two museums while I was in the DC area, one was the Air and Space Museum at the Dulles Airport in Virginia, and the other was the Natural History Museum on the National Mall. The pics from the Air and Space Museum were taken using my dSLR, but since I ended up riding the Metro into DC for the Natural History Museum, the pictures aren't as good (I used my Droid phone).


The SR-71 Blackbird (one of my favorite military planes):




The shuttle Enterprise (I've now seen a shuttle up close and a launch in person Smile ):



(If you look in front of it, two ladies are posing for a picture taken by somebody else! HA!)


(a satellite in the same hanger)


(Launch vehicle thruster nozzle)



The Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima):





My favorite WWII plane, the F4U Corsair:





Other WWII Planes:

(P47-D Thunderbolt)



(P-38J Lightning)


(Arado Ar 234 Blitz -this was the first operational jet bomber, built by the Nazis)


(the cockpit. it was so small, I wouldn't have been able to fit into it!)





Other random planes:










The rest of these pics were taken from my phone, so they aren't as good:


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, one of top 10 largest parishes in the world, I was going to get a pic or two of the inside, but phone died








(not too sure what this building was, but it's pretty cool and on the National Mall)






(can you imagine this bird being at your bird feeder in your yard??)








(this thing when standing up was like 13 foot tall!!)


(not your everyday frog Smile )

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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:14 pm

That Blackbird was the same one they mocked for Transformers 2 for Jetfire!

Looks like you had an awesome trip! thanks for sharing your pics!!
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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:07 pm

You know what, CJ, I hadn't even thought about the Transformers movie!! That's pretty cool!

And, yeah, it was a great time Smile visited with family, got to see a cousin off that's being deployed to Afghanistan, got to see some museums and even got to ride the Metro! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:36 pm

Very cool Man!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:14 pm

Bojesphob wrote:
and even got to ride the Metro! Smile


And how does that make you feel??? Now think of cincinnati and Metro.....and welcome to my heck....LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:17 pm

Well, it sucked, but it was an interesting experience. We actually left around the beginning of rush hour, and it was pretty packed, I don't understand how people would do that every day, as I am a little claustrophobic.... Having people that freaking close is a little panic inducing!

But, the Metro there is a train, the Metro here are buses, and I'd rather do the train than the bus... The bus drivers here are psychotic!

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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:28 pm

That cool looking reddish building that you didn't know the name of ?

Pretty sure thats known as "the Castle" - its used as the office and administration building of the Smithsonian Museum and was one of the original buildings considered part of the Smithsonian.

Its featured in every issue of Smithsonian magazine as a logo.


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PostSubject: Re: Trip to DC (pic heavy)   Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:00 pm

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That cool looking reddish building that you didn't know the name of ?

Pretty sure thats known as "the Castle" - its used as the office and administration building of the Smithsonian Museum and was one of the original buildings considered part of the Smithsonian.

Its featured in every issue of Smithsonian magazine as a logo.


- Ed C.

True Story...it is a admin building for the Smithsonian.

Nice trip. I was there about 4 years ago working in town for 6 months or so...had some time to walk around. Loved it !!!

As much as our Government is in disorder and no mater what side of the political fence you are on, our nations capitol is one really cool place to visit if you can separate current history and the great past history of this country.

Thx for the pixs.

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