Weekend at the Museum: Milestones of Flight

I spend a fair amount of time on airplanes, so I find The National Air and Space Museum exhibit featuring some of the original aircraft in aviation and space history fascinating.  From the first successful airplane (The Wright Flyer) in 1903 to the first privately developed, piloted vehicle to reach space (SpaceShipOne), the museum shows us the milestones of flight. Where were you when some of these vehicles were launched?

Also, the online exhibit celebrates Sputnik and The Explorer and the first 50 years of the space age. It’s amazing to see some of the inventions of the last century.  I really hope you enjoy this exhibit as much as I did.

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One Response to “Weekend at the Museum: Milestones of Flight”

  1. Deb says:

    I *LOVE* this place! We went nearly 20 years ago – my dad, stepmom, brother, and I. My dad discovered that they have the exact same model of the Sikorsky helicopter he flew when he recovered Alan Shepard and his Mercury capsule in 1961, and the helo’s S/N is one number off from the one he flew! He also got to see the MR-3 capsule there, as well. I have some great photos of him with both the helo and the spacecraft. I’d love to be able to go again some day. I’m hoping to spur interest in *someone* to have a 50th Anniversary celebration of America’s first person in space – it’ll be May 5, 2011. Dad has amazing stories and memories, too, as does his co-pilot, George Cox.

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