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Old 12-21-2014, 07:10 PM
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Default Museum #3 Smithsonian Air and Space

Next museum visit was to Smithsonian Air and Space in Washington DC. A write up is here. Great place easily accessible by public transportation from College Park airport.


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Old 12-21-2014, 07:28 PM
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Default #4 Empire State Aerosciences Museum

ESAM.org is located in Schenectady, NY.
It was a quick one hour run up north. Hunter Mountain ski resort in Catskills is in business.





Our summer swimming hole by Freehold is out of business






Before departure I called Schenectady Tower on the land line and asked if I could taxi to the museum ramp. No problem said ATC.
It's almost Canada here getting cooler...






Cleared the active runway and ground control sent me where I wanted.












Very little flying is observed in Schenectady on a perfect winter VFR day. Well, lesser traffic lesser chance of fender bender



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Old 12-21-2014, 07:42 PM
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There is a little plaza just across the road from Air Museum. Couple minutes walk to a breakfast place.





After a good breakfast I went straight to the museum. There are two galleries and an airpark outside with amazing collections of modern aircrafts.







Nice exhibition devoted to Amelia.






Look at her auxiliary fuel tanks.







Interesting launchers on a WW1 airplane.







National Guard corner. Never knew they had runways this curved.









A mighty mite.






Gnat single seat bomber.







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Old 12-21-2014, 07:54 PM
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Gallery 2 is filled with rarities.




I can only imagine how many different conoids and pinions are hiding in the body of this bombsight.





A measuring device VAF moderators could use








This scaled model of a Japanese air carrier is impressive.












I estimated the deck has enough distance for my RV to land to full stop without cables.



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Old 12-21-2014, 08:09 PM
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Outside ramp is packed with modern aircrafts.




Those with pointy noses make good movies.







Blunt noses make history.







The Migs family.







Royal Scimitar carrier based aircraft view from behind. There are specifics when it's launched. It sits nose high before being catapulted to introduce higher angle of attack at the moment of launch. That's why there is a hydrolic leg under the tail.











My RV fell asleep while I was browsing the museum. She woke up on third blade and we flew home.

















At home airport a T-6 had nothing to do but boring holes in the sky. He bored one for me. I made it safe under the cloud deck. Thank you Texan good luck with your check ride tomorrow...







I would like to visit one more museum this month. Anybody has any recommendation which one?
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:22 PM
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The Amelia exhibit looks interesting. I get sleepy looking at those "modern" propeller-less creations

Thanks for the recon! Looks to be a worthy destination!
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"The Savage Sons of Sanford": a phrase that lives (in?)famously in my memory for no reason I can recall. Except, that I was born in Sanford.

Liked that one, Vlad.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:52 AM
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I would like to visit one more museum this month. Anybody has any recommendation which one?

New England Air Museum at KBDL in Connecticut (neam.org)
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:38 AM
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Default Got to get back there

Another great write up VLAD. They've surely built up that place. Was there a plaque anything on that large hangar you were in giving its history? It was acquired from General Electric. That's a very old pre WWII hanger that was owned by GE where their very first jet engine was developed. My Dad told me years ago that it was a beehive of activity durning the war and you couldn't get near it. Always a lot of military planes there.
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Default Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Vlad,

Another great write up! I have never been there, but the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is fairly close to you, and gets great reviews.

http://casmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/index.php

You can apparently land at the Ottawa Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) and walk right to the museum.

Where ever you go make sure you post about it!

Merry Christmas all,

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