The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is one of the most visited museums in the United States. It is truly worth a visit if you are in Washington, DC. In its main building on the National Mall, you have the chance to see the fantastic displays of historical aerospace originals and backup crafts - and actually at no charge.
The museum displays its exhibitions on two floors. There's probably a favourite craft for everybody in one of the numerous galleries - from the pioneers of flight, to jet aircraft and space flight. I am sharing my personal favourites in the exhibitions section of this mini guide - to give an idea of the great displays.
If you happen to be in Chantilly, Virginia nearby Washington, DC: The Udvar-Hazy Center at the Washington Dulles International Airport is a huge companion exhibition area to the main museum in Washington, DC, where you can admire even more artefacts.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall:
Spirit of St. Louis: Charles Lindbergh was the 1st who flew solo nonstop across the Atlantic in May 1927.
Mercury capsule Friendship 7: John Glenn was the 1st American to orbit the Earth in Feb 1962.
American X-15: This rocket-powered aircraft is the fastest manned aircraft ever flown. In Oct 1967, William J. Knight flew more than 6 times the speed of sound.
Pioneer of Flight Gallery:
Fokker T-2: In the T-2, John A. Macready and Oakley G. Kelly made the first nonstop coast-to-coast flight across the United States in May 1923.
Douglas World Cruiser Chicago: In 1924, the Chicago was the first aircraft that made a circumnavigation of the Earth. It took 175 days and 74 stops.
Lockheed 5B Vega: In her “Little Red Bus“, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in 1932.
The Wright Brothers Exhibition:
Wright Flyer: Wilbur & Orville Wright flew this 1st powered airplane on Dec 17th in 1903. The longest flight of the day took 59s.
Heads-up: From December 2018 onwards, the museum will renovate all of its exhibitions throughout a seven-year project. The museum will remain open throughout the seven years but certain galleries will have phased closures and openings. It might be good to check the museum's website before planning a visit.
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