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Hanging in the lobby is the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer, the first functioning aircraft in the world.

I was there just two months ago on a school trip! I miss DC!

Posted by Guest on Sun 26 Apr 2009 11:23:34 AM EDT

The Spirit of St. Louis still soars today.

wagner@mx6.mesh.ne.jp

It's great historic monument. TAKEHIKO_OIDE

Posted by Guest on Mon 11 Dec 2006 01:28:10 AM EST

The B-24 Lancaster was flown by my grand father in WW II.

Gordon

There is no such thing as a B-24 Lancaster. This plane looks like a British Avro Lancaster. The American Consolodated B-24 Liberator has a similar configuration.

Posted by Guest on Fri 24 Nov 2006 12:20:25 AM EST

The Hubble Space Telescope's backup mirror

danpursell@msn.com

While optically perfect here on earth, the lens shape changed under zero g to a point where it was utterly useless. Possible the biggest dissapointemnt in Astronomy until the first repair was done by the Space Shuttle crews and Astronaut Story Musgrave.

Posted by Guest on Fri 27 Jan 2006 04:13:03 AM EST

Northrop Alpha, it was used as a utility transport.

danpursell@msn.com

More than a transport, Northrop used the knowledge gained in this as one of the first ALL-METAL designs. Technology advances gained here lead to the developement of the DC-3 and Aircraft construction as we know it today.

Posted by Guest on Fri 27 Jan 2006 04:03:26 AM EST

Above is a U-2 spy plane.

danpursell@msn.com

That is not a U-2 Spy Plane.
It is in-fact a
"THE" Bell Aircraft XP-59A Airacomet.
This was first US Jet Aircraft. First flown in 1942 using teh GE model 1-a engine (an improved version of the original "whittle" engine. The aircraft seen here was secretly transported with a "false" nose and propellor to disguise the actual nature of the beast. From this begining, the Lockheed P-80 emerged as the 1st operational military jet fighter.

Posted by Guest on Fri 27 Jan 2006 03:55:04 AM EST

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