SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 053

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.

Dash 80

The Dash 80 was the prototype for both the Boeing 707, and the KC-135 Stratotanker. The Seven-Oh-Seven is “generally credited with ushering in the Jet Age”

Under the wing of the Dash 80 we see Nemesis, or more precisely, the Sharp DR 90 Nemesis.

According to Wikipedia, Between 1991 and 1999, the plane won 45 of the 48 race events it entered, including nine consecutive Reno Gold National Championships.

There are a good number of planes that are part of the long history of airplane racing.

This next mean-looking beauty is the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.

On August 16, 1969, flying the highly-modified Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat “Conquest I” (N1111L), Darryl Greenamyer broke the 30-year old FAI Class C-1 Group I 3 km speed record with a speed of 483.041 mph.

With this series, I started offering monochrome versions of some of the planes.

This was especially apt for the Boing 307 Stratoliner.

Although, the color image wasn’t all that bad.

The name is interesting because the clipper Flying Cloud was a sail ship that set the world’s sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours. She held this record for over 100 years, from 1854-1989.

The Stratoliner was probably a bit faster, what with just flying across the country as opposed to going around the bottom of South America.

The Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation is a more impressive aircraft, at least looks-wise.

Anyone interested in the history of aviation probably is already familiar with many of these planes. But even someone with a passing interest might find stuff to like in reading about these planes.

This next photo might be recognized by a few readers (probably not younger readers).

The Concorde; on 25 July 2000, Air France Flight 4590, registration F-BTSC, crashed in Gonesse, France after departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, killing all 100 passengers and nine crew members on board the flight, and four people on the ground. It was the only fatal accident involving Concorde.

Now, this next plane seems as if it would be fun to fly . . . even the name screams “FUN”.

That’s the Rutan Quickie.

Another Rutan design hung overhead . . .

Modern materials might look sleek but look at this beauty . . .

The gallery ends with photos of various cameras used in aerial observation platforms . . .

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.

I highly suggest watching these slideshows in full-screen mode, but that’s just me.

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 3 Gallery — (43 photos)

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