15 August 2009

40 by 40 Update: #28 Go to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum

(Back in May of 2007 I noticed that a bunch of people in the blogosphere had created lists of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I was intrigued by the notion but felt I needed to change the parameters. So I created my 40 by 40 list. 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40. Well on August 17th I turn 40, and I need to give $10 to charity for every uncompleted item. So it is time to see how I did.)

28. Go the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum - COMPLETED
Running Tally: $130.00 to charity.

The Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. Unfortunately, it is in real need of an update from all the use. Both the building and the exhibits are in really sad shape. The Udva-Hazy Air and Space Museum on the other hand is an enormous hangar-like branch out in Virginia right next to Dulles Aiport. It is a great place to go see the space shuttle, Concorde, the Enola Gay (dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima), the Blackbird (spy plane and fastest jet ever) and tons of other big pieces of machinery. They also have an IMAX theater and an observation deck where you can watch air traffic in and out of Dulles. It's fun to watch a jumbo jet come in practically at eye level.

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