On Monday we were scheduled to fly out of Sandy Eggo at 2248 local time. Yes, boys and girls, that's 10:48 PM, nighttime, late, are you kidding me late for a cross continental flight. What's more, we had to check out of our hotel at noon. So we had a lot of time to kill. About 9 hours or so. (Dropping off the rental car, taking the shuttle to the air patch, checking in with TSA, etc., etc., takes time. Some times lots of time.)
But we still had to occupy those hours in between.
Of course, a trip to the Navy Exchange (NEX) at Naval Station San Diego is a requirement. The Missus Herself will seldom pass up a chance to hit one of the big exchanges. The one in Sandy Eggo is quite large. (Way bigger than Newport at any rate...)
That consumed a certain amount of time, far more than Your Humble Scribe cared to spend looking at purses, dresses, shoes, and what have you. It was probably no more than two hours. It just felt like two weeks.
I was beginning to despair when lo and behold the All Girl Spending Team* declared it was time to weigh anchor and make sail. Without further ado we headed for the exit, only to be brought up short by the makeup counter. There is, apparently, always something needed by the fairer sex when passing by a makeup counter. I won't make any comparisons between canines and fire hydrants but, you catch my drift.
After the shopping expedition The Nuke asked if I knew that Sandy Eggo had an Air and Space Museum, I said, "Yes, yes I do." Then the trip continued with nary a word. Until we drove into the parking lot and I beheld that scene in the opening photo.
Talk about "kid at Christmas"! I was out of the car and sprinting (well, okay, lumbering) to the entrance, pausing to gaze at the lovely Convair YF2Y-1 Seadart (à gauche) and the exquisite Lockheed A-12 (à droite). (Betcha thought that was an SR-71, dintcha?)
Inside we went to discover that the museum closed at 1700 so we had barely an hour to explore! While we missed much, we have an excellent excuse to return! The Missus Herself even enjoyed it immensely, there was so much to see.
As for me? I went nuts with the camera. If a picture is worth a thousand words, behold the 19,000!**
|I didn't notice until just now that one can pose with Mr. Lindberg and shake his hand.|
|Apollo 9 Command Module "Gumdrop"|
|Mock up of Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis|
|General Atomics RQ-1K Predator|
|The machine in the foreground really caught my eye, the Fokker E III Eindekker. The bird flown by Immelmann, Boelcke, and others of that ilk in The Great War.|
|Top, Albatros D-Va (reproduction) - bottom, Fokker Dr-1 (reproduction) Triplane, think Red Baron (Mannfred Freiherr von Richthofen) - Foreground, Mark 1 Mod 0 Flying Doghouse (Yes, that is Snoopy. I loved it!)|
|Curtiss A-1 “Triad” (reproduction)|
|Snoopy and his dog house next to the Red Baron's aircraft|
Come on, you knew I'd go there. Right?
|There's a view of the "business end" of the Dr-1|
|Not sure what that sketchy chap at the wheel is doing, not sure if the nurse likes it or not...|
Oh, he's shifting gears I'll bet. (Nudge, nudge, know what I mean?)
|Looking back towards the entrance to the WWI area. Like I said, much to see.|
|They have an excellent selection of WWI posters.|
|Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés S.VII known to we Yanks as the SPAD VII. She and her kid sister, the SPAD 13, are Old AF Sarge favorites.|
|Cutaway models on display. Top to bottom: Sopwith Camel, Fokker Dr-1, SE-5A.|
|These are Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen's actual medals, not reproductions, actually worn by the man himself. The highest award is in the lower center, the Pour le Mérite or "Blue Max."|
|A sculpture of the Baron, a model of his last aircraft is behind him, Note the white tail, his aircraft was not completely red as his oft written. (Das Museum hat es richtig!)|
|Plaque accompanying the next photo...|
|She's a beauty isn't she?|
|The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" marks the end of the WWI exhibit.|
Why yes, yes I do.
Eventually you will see them.
Just not today.
Yes, I can be a tease.
* Hat tip to Lex on this one. I've always loved the way he used the language.
** Yes I did change that. Originally it said 24,000. Apparently I can't count...