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National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Don’t say I’m not a good wife.  George and I were kinda bored this past Sunday and Saturday’s wedding had me feeling all ramped up and ready to do something big.  But nothing sounded fun – it was one of those weird days when I’m simultaneously lazy and anxious.  So I decided to let George pick (you know, after lunch).  The man has been dying to get to the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center for ages, and so we went.

my husband at the udvar-hazy center

A couple of points:

  1. You don’t need hours at this museum – there aren’t really exhibits, just a ton of planes and stuff.  During the summer, they’re open til 6:30 and parking is free after 4pm (it’s $15 before then), so I highly recommend a late afternoon trip.  Worked out great for us.
  2. It’s pretty seriously cool to see some of this stuff up-close.
  3. It’s completely terrifying to be carrying around $4k worth of camera equipment three stories up.  For whatever reason, I don’t worry about damaging my gear at weddings – maybe I’m too much “in the zone” or it’s the appropriate place to have it.  I was positively freaking out about dropping my camera in this museum.
  4. For my fellow nerds and photography geeks, most of these images were taken with the 24-70 2.8 somewhere around 24 and most of the time near 2.8 (it was kinda dark in the museum).  I don’t normally work with that focal length, so it was pretty cool to see what I could get in the frame.

And now, photographs:

This was the main event for my guy.  The “Black Bird” SR-71 spy plane… something like that.  He was really excited, so I took pictures.

This little boy was holding a toy plane in his hand but he just wouldn’t turn the damn thing so you could see it!  I didn’t want to be that stalker lady in the museum so I let it go…

little boy at the udvar-hazy center

It was really cool seeing the shuttle up-close.  The one in there now is the replica or tester or something Enterprise.  I’m pretty sure the Air & Space is supposed to get one of the retired shuttles (Discovery?) but I guess it hasn’t been handed over yet.  All the same, this was a massive and impressive vehicle.  So much bigger than you’d think.

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