|I spy with my little eye...|
A big chunk of America's space program!
We'd planned on heading to the National Mall for to see the sights, tour the monuments and such, but the weather, she did not cooperate. But hey, we're on the Mall. Can anyone say...
SMITHSONIAN!!(I knew you could.)
Anyhoo, while searching for those C-121 photos I shared the other day, I also found this treasure trove of many things NASA. Seems I spent a lot of time in that foyer, snapping many pictures with my little old digital camera. Stuff is a bit blurry, don't blame the camera, blame the photographer. It was, shall we say, a target rich environment. I went to rapid fire, assuming that quantity has a quality all its own. (That is, I was afraid I'd miss something!)
Enjoy, feel free to identify as many of the aerospace vehicles as you can, there are Shrute bucks in it for the top three contestants. (Dinna scoff at the Shrute bucks, ye'll get yer name inscribed on The Shrute Buck Vault and Redemption Center. Yeah, I know, big deal... Still, it's something, innit?)
|Why yes, it is rocket* science...|
|We had a civilian kid who worked with us at SAC, he really had glasses with Coke-bottle lenses.|
His nickname was, you guessed it, "Hubble." (Hey, don't judge, he loved the nickname!)
|Engine with wings...|
|The old birds look on in wonder. Remembering when they were high tech!|
Without them, nothing else would have followed...
As you might guess, I can't wait to get back there. Loves me some old flying machines I do. So amidst the gloom and nastiness of the political season, I think of flying and of aircraft. Beats moping about.
*In the interests of full disclosure, I originally had this as "rocker science," which alert reader B.D. brought to my attention with this comment over at the Book of Face: " Is that old men sitting in their favorite chairs resurrecting their boyhood dreams of being astronauts?" Um, um, why yes, yes it could be!