If planes are your thing, then you absolutely MUST visit the Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center in Fairfax County, VA.
An annex of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, this amazing place houses technical advancements in avionics dating from 1903 to 2011.
Barry spoke with docent Dennis Smith and learned all about some of the amazing artifacts they have on exhibit here.
At the Udvar Hazy, you can see some of the first bomber planes.
Did you know that the in 1911 the first “bomber” pilot literally reached over the side of his plane to drop grenades on his target?
Then you can shoot through time to see the space shuttle Discovery. This shuttle has the. most time in space of any shuttle, totaling up to almost a year.
And while it may have looked tiny when it was blasting off into space, the Discovery is huge!
In fact it is so large and heavy that it requires a special, 13 foot think -(yes! you read that right 13 foot thick) concrete floor to hold it for display.
There is so much to see at the Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center, and whether you’re an airplane buff or your feet are planted firmly on the ground, you are sure to be entranced by their exhibits.
With an admission fee of $0.00 -yes, it’s free to get in, it’s a great way to spend the day, and trust us, you’ll want to spend an entire day (or more) there! For more information: