The weather was not the best this past Sunday so we loaded the kiddos up in the car and headed for the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Center near Dulles Airport. The Center is a companion facility to the Air & Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Center has two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — which display thousands of aviation and space artifacts.
The design and lay-out of the two hangars really is something to see in person. I imagine the person who came up with the layout had tons of model airplanes hanging from their ceiling as a child. Planes not only are displayed on the floor of the hanger but they are also suspended at different levels from the ceiling as if flying. None of my pictures due the space justice!
Poor Hubby spent most of the time reading. But Hubby was a history major so I don't think that he minded reading all of the info stats to the boys. Secretly, I think he would be over the moon if all three of our children were history majors some day! (Hubby's note- I'd be thrilled while they were in school and then sad when they were all unemployed and living back home.)
The boys were so into this trip! M especially loved all of the planes from World War II. He has a book illustrating the different planes that were used during WWII and it was clear to me that he had memorized the book.
We also spent some time in the Observation Tower, which gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area. It was fun watching all of the planes land.
And leave it to me to find hand-painted plates on display at the Air & Space Museum!
If you are ever in the NoVa area and looking for something to do I would definitely recommend spending some time at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Center.