If planes are your thing, then you absolutely MUST visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Fairfax County, VA.
The Center is the second location of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. They have the world’s largest aviation and space collection.
Barry spoke with docent Dennis Smith and learned all about some of the amazing artifacts they have on exhibit here.
At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, you can see some of the first bomber planes.
Did you know that 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 Space Shuttle Discovery. This shuttle has the most time in space of any orbiter, totaling up to almost a year.
And while it may have looked tiny on your television screen when it was blasting off into space, Discovery is huge!
In fact it is so large and heavy that it requires a special, 13-foot-thick (yes! you read that right … 13-foot-thick) concrete floor to hold it for display.
There is so much to see at the Steven 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.
The Udvar-Hazy Center is free, but timed entry passes are required and there is a parking fee for vehicles entering before 4:00 pm. 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: