A second post from our visit to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
I was taken by the decorations on the various planes, mostly in the front or the nose. And that part of the airplane came in a variety of shapes.
I think the first one is a Corsair. Someone who knows their planes may correct me. Very popular among pilots in WWII. Women flew these in the States but not in battle.
Compare the nose above to the Blackbird which flew incredibly fast and used in Cold War aviation.
Skunk on the Blackbird has something to do with how it smelled. The plane is made of titanium which the US didn't have access to so dummy corporations were formed to purchase titanium from the Soviets. The plane was then used to spy on the Soviets but never flew over their airspace.
This one as insignia on the fuselage. Recognize it?
Here's a close up. It's the USA throwing its hat in the ring to join the war.
Love this eagle!
Look closely at this image.
Yes, daring young men on the flying trapeze.
Here's the nose of the Concord. It may have been a fast flight over the Atlantic but required so much fuel that it wasn't economical to fly. Notice the very small windows - necessary because of its speed.
This one is really shiny.
Here is one of the smallest planes. 7 foot wing span!
You know what this one was famous for.
Interesting pattern on this nose.
Can't remember what this was
Here's the nose of the space shuttle.
To get the shuttle in the building the roof had to be removed above the doors.
It is a fascinating place. More to come in another post.