Everyone has heard of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC (at least if you read this site, you likely have). Â The museum’s main location,Â prominentlyÂ located on the National Mall, has long been a favorite stop for tourists exploring the nation’s capitol. Â Less well-known, however, is the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterÂ located 25 miles to the west, adjacent to Dulles International Airport (IAD). Â I recently took the opportunity to spend a few hours before a flight exploring this amazing facility, and I was not disappointed.
The museum, which opened in 2003, consists of two massive hangars housing over 3,000 aircraft, spacecraft, and other historical items. Â All told, there is nearly 300,000 square-feet of floor space in the museum. Â The collection includes the space shuttle Discovery, an SR-71, an Air France Concorde, Â and theÂ B-29 bomber Enola Gay among many other fascinatingÂ pieces.