Little Stinker — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 4 Photo – black and white, mirror, air plane, power lines, etc.

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 4 Photo – black and white, mirror, air plane, power lines, etc..

Little Stinker is the Pitts Special S-1C aircraft flown by Betty Skelton when she won the 1949 and 1950 International Feminine Aerobatic Championships.   Little Stinker hangs in the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport.  For more information about Little Stinker, visit Pitts Special S-1C.

 

This photo was taken on March 23, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/80 sec. 5.87 mm.

Concorde F-BVFA – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies.

We recently visited the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport.  Arguably the most beautiful aircraft here is the Air France Concorde F-BVFA.  The Concorde fleet was flown by Air France and British Airways between 1976 and 2003. The great speed of the aircraft – Paris to Dulles in just under four supersonic hours – eventually could not compensate for the high costs of operation, shrinking market, and catastrophic accident in 2000.  Air France agreed in 1989 to donate a retired Concorde to the National Air and Space Museum and that aircraft was delivered in 2003.

This photo was taken on March 23, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 400, f/2.0, 1/60 sec, 4.5 mm

The Enola Gay at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center

One of the most controversial exhibits at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945.

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Enola Gay
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Enola Gay

The pilot of the aircraft, Colonel Paul Tibbets, named it for his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets, while it was still on the assembly line.

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Enola Gay

Transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1946, it was parked in the open on air bases until it was dismantled for storage in Suitland, Maryland, in 1961. In 1995, the cockpit and nose section were displayed at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. (These photos were taken at Udvar-Hazy.)

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Enola Gay Cockpit
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Enola Gay Cockpit

The completely-restored aircraft has been on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center since 2003.

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Enola Gay Propellers

For more pictures of the Enola Gay, visit Enola Gay at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. For our recent post on the SR-71 Blackbird at Udvar-Hazy, visit The SR-71 Blackbird at Udvar-Hazy.

 

The SR-71 Blackbird at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center

We recently visited the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport. This facility is part of the National Air and Space Museum, although many tourists usually associate “Air and Space” with the original Smithsonian’s museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

One of the most popular exhibits at Udvar-Hazy is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.  Here are some views from the front.

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SR-71 Blackbird Front View
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SR-71 Blackbird Front View

Here is a view from behind.

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SR-71 Blackbird Rear View

Here are some views from above, clearly showing the Blackbird’s signature black paint. The second photo shows the logo of Lockheed’s Skunk Works division that designed the SR-71.

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SR-71 Blackbird from Above
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SR-71 Blackbird from Above

The SR-71 Blackbird is the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft. Its last flight from Los Angeles to Washington Dulles International Airport on March 6, 1990, took 1 hour 4 minutes 20 seconds. Here are some closeups of one of the engines that made that speed possible.

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SR-71 Blackbird Engine
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SR-71 Blackbird Engine

For more information about the SR-71 aircraft at Udvar-Hazy and stunning pictures, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/lockheed-sr-71-blackbird.

Future posts will feature other important exhibits at the Udvar-Hazy Center, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, and a Concorde.