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05/27/08 - A first visit to the National Air Force Museum

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My sweet desk setup with the TV and monitor
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Same setup with flash
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Mom in the parking lot outside the museum
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A neat monument thing
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We decided to check out the monument outside
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A big medal
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A propellor
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An airplane.. on a stick
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A model of the Wright Flyer
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World War I planes
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Mom actually read the stuff, I was mostly here to take pictures
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Wright Flyer and flag
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A propeller from a Wright Brothers plane
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A longer exposure of the Wright Flyer
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An old plane
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An early wind tunnel
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Another early plane
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Some engine
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Planes still had propellers at this point
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A rotary engine
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Nice stripes
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Mom stands in front of Stripes
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I'm glad I brought my tripod
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A later wind tunnel
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This guy was at a crazy angle
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Mom stands in front of the big wind tunnel
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Funnt dudes in a basket
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Another old plane
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Good advice
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A flying torpedo
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Just for comparison, here's a picture with the tripod and long exposure..
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.. and one with flash. This is what all the chump tourists see when they get home
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Crazy Angle Man again
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Planes with no skins
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A war plane?
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Looks like it
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A neat metal plane
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There were lots of funny statues
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The engines started getting bigger
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Looks like the blue angels
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Mom tries to get reception
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Wing frame
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The planes are getting pretty big
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Neat lighting
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Army plane!
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A big blimp!
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Mom standing in front of the weird helicopter plane
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Great grandfather of the Osprey?
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Yellow plane
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Me and Mom in front of a bomb
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A long exposure of the blimp
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Mom next to the funny little plane
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Tiny plane
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Tiny plane again
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Lots of planes
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Some weird foreign plane
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Another silver
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Looking snazzy
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I love the light flares
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Oh noes, a crash!
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Mom stands next to the giant wheel
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Uhoh, someone's in trouble
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Another weird statue
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86? Good number
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Lots of silvers
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A funny little early simulator
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WWII planes
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A shark plane
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Starting to get bigger
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I think that's a fuel pod on the bottom
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Lots of planes hanging around
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A neat engine
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A bomber?
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A medic plane..
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Mom's not really a pilot
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Another bomber
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Orange again
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Silver and yellow
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A plane shadow
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Target practice planes
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Machine guns in the front
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This is the plane my great uncle Will flew
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What a coincidence, it's got Strawberry's name in it
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Even more of a coincidence, part of the communication system is called
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Mom in front of the Strawberry Bitch
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Snazzy artwork
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The back of the Liberator
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The long exposures really make the difference
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A sweet 360 near the Strawberry Bitch
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Another fighter
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A big engine
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That's a lot of bombs on the side
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At this point I went back to auto-white balance
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Me in front of a V2
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A V1 buzz bomb
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Another bomber with some snazzy WWII artwork
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Too bad modern warplanes don't do this
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A ball gunner's ball
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I tried to give it some scale by standing in front of it but I couldn't really get close enough
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A Messerschmitt, the first fighter jet
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The jet engine
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One of those weird tiny German rocket planes
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The V2 again
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My mom thought my grandmother might want to see this
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Clark Gable part 2
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Clark Gable part 3
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Big plane
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Lots of Japanese kills..
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Lots of bombs
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Now this looks familiar..
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It's a B-29
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A Fatman bomb!
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I stand in front of the Plutonium implosion device
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A Uranium Gun device
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Little Boy
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This plane's pretty dark..
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The back of the B-29
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Skipping forward a bit.. The F-22 Raptor!
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The engines on the Raptor are incredible
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I didn't have time to go explore that area.. next time
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Some UAV. Looks familiar but I can't remember the name
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A Predator!
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The cafeteria tray
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This reminded me of
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A hydrogen bomb
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Somehow I got Mom to hug it
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It's pretty sobering to see it right there next to what it's capable of
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Some bomber
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Some weird plane
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A B-2.. the stealth bomber
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That Boeing UAV they're always showing off
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The B-2 is pretty incredible up close
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The probe on the front of some fighter
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The same fighter from a little farther off
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The back of the SR-71 Blackbird
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One of the most incredible aircraft ever built
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The engine of the Blackbird
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The front of the engines of the Blackbird
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The front of the Blackbird
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Looking down the front of the Blackbird
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Atomic weapons
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I bumped the tripod by accident so I walked away with it in the middle of the shot.. kind of a neat effect
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Looks like a fission bomb
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The fusion bombs were really spooky
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The fission bomb again
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The real Apollo 15 Command Module
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The side of the Command Module
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The Dyna-soar
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Mom standing in front of a Mercury capsule
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They were really small
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A Gemini capsule
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They're so small! Jim Lovell and Frank Borman spent two weeks in one of these!
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The bottom of a Mercury capsule
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The payload of a Peacekeeper missile.. it kind of exudes evil
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ICBMs.. the dark side of the space program
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The engines on an ICBM
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An inertial guidance system. It's essentially a giant Wiimote
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The engine on a V2
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The capsule used in the highest parachute jump
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The B-2, U-2, and SR-71
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The Stealth Bomber and the Blackbird
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Mom in a fighter cockpit
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It was fun being in the cockpit
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