SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 056

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.

Shuttle Discovery

The original post and the SmugMug gallery are all about space stuff, with the Shuttle Discovery in prominence. Tell the truth . . . doesn’t the front of the shuttle look like the face of a mouse? A giant mouse, but still a mouse.

A very impressive machine, especially when one considers it has been to and from low orbit 39 times, spent a total of 365 days in space and traveled 150 million miles.

You can tell this bird worked hard . . .

There’s a lot of other stuff in the same hall as the shuttle . . .

But the star of the hall is the Shuttle . . . and it’s difficult taking it all in with one shot (I didn’t have my ultra-wide lens back then).

One of my favorite shots is this rear view of the engines . . .

Oh, wait . . . I did have my ultra-wide lens . . . it’s just that it still wasn’t wide enough for a side view.

Well, almost wide angle enough . . .

Each of the tiles is screwed on and numbered, as seen in these next shots also featuring the attitude jets.

This next shot is from the raised walkway in the main hall . . .

B-8M gyrocopter

There are only 42 images in this gallery, but if you like space stuff, it’s worth reading the original post and looking at the gallery.

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 6 Gallery — (42 photos)

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