The Air and Space Museum is built out of a decomissioned airplane hangar. This should give you an idea of how big one actually is.

Side view of a Vought F4U-1D Corsair and the exhibit sign.

A couple of photographs of the SR-71 Blackbird: Dead-on, elevated; the cockpit; starboard engine and a good whack of the fusilage; can opener hatch; and finally broadside.

Down the air intake of a Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk, around which the nose art had been painted. Also a picture of the display sign.

The P-40E from the side.

A one-quarter diagonal view of a Japanese Zero from World War II.

Broadside of a US Navy seaplane, model unknown.

Elevated view of the museum floor.

An unknown biplane.

Broadside of a Vought-Sikorsky XR-4C helicopter and display sign.

A Northrop N-1M flying wing and display sign.

A Lockheed P-38J.

This plane looks like it's made up of mostly paper. Beautiful, isn't it?

A miniplane called the Nemesis.

This is as close as I could get to a Caudron G.4 biplane.

Also on display at the Air and Space Museum is the model of the mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, wereupon you can see the easter eggs the builders left amidst all the nurnies: Side view; a detail shot; a side view without the flash; a closeup of the cemetary hidden on the model; a closeup of the TIE fighter hidden on the model; a very blurry R2-D2 hidden in the model.

Some of the modelmakers worked on Star Wars, you see.

The mobile quarantine facility used during the early manned space programme.

A heat shield from the Gemini space programme.

A prototype virtual reality head mounted display from NASA.

A laptop designed for use on the Space Shuttle. It's woefully obsolete by today's standards but it certainly held up in microgravity.

The upper third of an android used to test environment suits.

A couple of environment suits tested over the years.

A replica of the mars rover from the late 1990's. It travelled along with the mars lander which inspired this image way back when.

A better view of the lander, rover, and instrument package.

A replica of the Sounds of Earth record that left the solar system on the Voyager 1 and 2 probes.

A replica of Vanguard 1, the second successful artificial satellite launched into space by the United States.

The remains of Anita, a Cross spider that was part of an experiment on Skylab in the 1970's to see how arachnids would adapt to a microgravity environment. Anita spun an almost perfect orb web, as evidenced by this preserved web returned to Earth.

An early model communications satellite.

A replica of the Relay 1 communications satellite.

What I think is an even newer comsat.

They mocked up an older NASA control room apparatus using period hardware.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise: Back and front.

A number of satellites suspended from the roof: One, and two.

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