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Airplanes and Overpasses

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As we begin to take occupancy of our new home in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s new wing, and begin the process of outfitting the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, we are faced with the daunting task of moving all of our equipment into the new spaces and setting up an environment which will be   …Continue Reading


The Last Sikorsky JRS-1 Makes A Move to the Udvar-Hazy Center

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On December 7, 1941, a US Navy squadron consisting of ten Sikorsky JRS-1 amphibious seaplanes was on station in the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after the Japanese attack that Sunday morning, the planes were launched in an effort to locate enemy submarines and ships near Oahu. Initially not armed, the first missions included riflemen positioned on   …Continue Reading


Asking the Experts

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How did you get an airplane inside the building?  Is there life on other planets?  What EXACTLY is GPS and how does it work?  Why in the world is that in this museum? We hear these questions every day.  There’s so much that goes on in museums that people just don’t understand.  And there are a   …Continue Reading


5 Cool Things at the Udvar-Hazy Center You May Have Missed

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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, currently has over 161 aircraft and 160 major space objects on display.  With so much to see in such a huge space, it’s easy to focus on the larger and more famous objects like the Concorde, Space Shuttle Enterprise, and Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.  However, there   …Continue Reading


Santa’s Balloons and Arctic Airships

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Although the reindeer-powered sleigh is the form of transportation most usually associated with Santa Claus, the right jolly old elf displays an unexpected interest in lighter than air flight by launching festive fire balloons over the North Pole while a polar bear watches admiringly. Santa wasn’t the last to attempt an LTA mission to the   …Continue Reading