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Old 12-11-2014, 11:34 AM
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Default hmmmmm.....how cool would THAT be?

I thought the exact same thing!......

sadly, no, we lost the Lockheed engineer....about 24 years ago!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Johnson_(engineer)

at least, that's what 'they' WANT us to think!

...( maybe Vlad knows this classified stuff eh?)
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:06 PM
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Is Mercury 7 still on display or was it moved to Dulles?
I was fortunate enough to be part of John Glenn recovery in '62.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:39 PM
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SR-71,.......... Kelly Johnson!

By Chance any relation?

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Nope. Just a coincidence.

Back when I was in Burbank (before I went to Palmdale) the smart Kelly Johnson still had an office with a secretary, even though he was retired. That lead to an interesting exchange between my future wife and his secretary when she was trying to call me once. It was a bit shocking for secretary to hear that a 70+ year old legend had a girlfriend! She said something like "oh, you want the YOUNG Kelly Johnson"!
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:28 PM
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One of my paintings is among their collection somewhere.
Paul for that reason I will back and find your painting.


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Vlad, have you gone though the security proses to land in Collage Park? I did many years ago and have made the same trip you did,,lots of fun.
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Of the two locations, I think I prefer the Udvar-Hazy facility at Dulles. Harder to get to from the city, but wow do they have a lot of neat airplanes there!

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Sure hope you made it to the Udvar/Hazy museum at Dulles.

Roberta

Mike, Roberta, Udvar Hazy will be accessible by RV sometime next winter.
There is a subway line extension under construction. Grey line.


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I hope/expect he went through the museum there at the College Park airport.

Couldn't make airport museum. Days are too short in December.





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Is Mercury 7 still on display or was it moved to Dulles?
I was fortunate enough to be part of John Glenn recovery in '62.


Jerry I didn't see the 7 I was probably overwhelmed with exhibitions. Some day you will tell me the story on recovery 62. I was born that year...
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Vlad,
Your picture of the Bay Bridge brought back some old memories as well. We drove over it the first year it was open; remember both my parents being shocked at the toll, best I recall it was about $4.00. Don't remember the exact year, but it was well before '62, and there was of course only one bridge. Couple of years ago I was able to be in the area again, had a great seafood lunch at a place at the north end of the bridge, right on the water.
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Mike, Roberta, Udvar Hazy will be accessible by RV sometime next winter.
There is a subway line extension under construction. Grey line.
There is a little known secret that those of us in the DC area keep to ourselves but I'll tell. Every year in June there is an event at Udvar Hazy called "Become A Pilot Day". On this one day GA is allowed to fly into Dulles and taxi right up to the ramp at Udvar Hazy. The one drawback though is it is by selection only. You apply to particpate and hope you are selected. I guess that means Vlad will have to paint his plane now http://becomeapilot.si.edu/
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Great trip write-up, Vlad!
One of the few painless ways to get to Udvar-Hazy was the shuttle they ran from NASM on the Mall. It took you right to the door of UH. That was 6 or 8 yrs ago ... I don't know for sure they still run that shuttle. I used to take the Metro to NASM from Alexandria specifically to catch that UH shuttle. It was less than 1/4 of the cost of taking a cab direct to UH.
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I just watched a show about Kelly Johnson and his designing the SR-71 Blackhawk. He is a person that I would have loved to talk to.
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There is a little known secret that those of us in the DC area keep to ourselves but I'll tell. Every year in June there is an event at Udvar Hazy called "Become A Pilot Day". On this one day GA is allowed to fly into Dulles and taxi right up to the ramp at Udvar Hazy. The one drawback though is it is by selection only. You apply to particpate and hope you are selected. I guess that means Vlad will have to paint his plane now http://becomeapilot.si.edu/

No Mike it's for showplanes only I'll take the train


It's very impressive inside Air and Space Museum. I have to come one more time I couldn't cover all halls and exhibition at the extend I would like to.
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The hall of drones. I would love to fly one of those.








Somebody from Russia was asking me about skis for RVs. I found right ones for him I guess.








I missed Air Force Band by 30 minutes they have scheduled performances on the weekends. I have to catch them next time. This way I could brag I flew my RV to a performance.







Space exhibition absolutely amazing. Full body shower at SkyLab.







Long forgotten Soyuz-Apollo marriage.







The Lander.






Its hatch.



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You know you're getting old when some of the stuff you flew is hanging in the Smithsonian's Udvar...... definitley worth multiple trips - youcan't see either the Mall or Udvar in a day - or a week!!
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