SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 052

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s stroll on memory lane is another quick one . . .

The original post for these photos is HERE, and the photos are from THIS Gallery.

These photos are from ten years ago, so some of the items might not currently be on display.

I’m referring to photos from the National Air & Space Museum, A. K. A. the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Note: I just found out that all the links in the Smithsonian catalog changed. That means that — in the original posts and the previous Sunday posts about the museum — any link referencing the museum’s database will return a dead link error (error 404). I’m not going back through the original or recent Sunday posts to update the links. One, because it’s a lot of work, and two, because no one mentioned it. If you’re looking for the Smithsonian’s entry for a plane, just search under the name.

Westland Lysander

As far as airplane museums go, it’s pretty good. Hard to say if it’s the best because I had pretty good experiences visiting a number of airplane museums. Still, you know, it’s the National Air and Space Museum, so one can perhaps expect a cut above.

A a reminder, this was one occasion when I was happy I shoot in RAW because the lighting conditions were not geared toward my inexperience in photographing in a museum.

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross

Some of the photos show different views of planes from the first post, but not many.

Curtis P40E Warhawk

As much as I like WW II and modern planes, I always enjoy visiting displays of flying machines from the dawn of humanity’s leap into the realm of birds.

Having seen photos from the time when humans were first venturing into the air, I wonder if I’d have the guts to go up in one of these . . .

Yes, those are models, but here are the full-size machines.

Baldwin Red Devil

Here’s the first American Naval plane incorporating wind tunnel data in the design.

Look at these propellers . . .

VervilleSperry M1 Messenger
Fowler-Gage Biplane

An interesting plane suspended from the ceiling is the Nieuport 28C.1, the first aircraft to see operational service with an American fighter squadron..

Next up, here is what I want on both our cars.

I gots to tell you, within a month or so, the quality of drivers on Illinois’ roads would greatly improve. The powers that be are reluctant to let me have these . . . the fools!

Caudron G.4
Caudron G.4

Aircrafts are not the only things presented at the museum. For instance, there are many period pieces, details, papers, historic accounts, etc.

There are seven eight posts documenting my visit to the museum, and I’ll cover one each week until done.

Note: the transition is set to 4sec (gives time to read the captions), but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. It will make it easier to read the captions.

You’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug if you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Air and Space Museum Part 2 Gallery — (38 photos)

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