December 11, 2003

New Air & Space Museum Annex Opens

Located west of Washington DC near Dulles International Airport, exhibits include the Enola Gay, the Enterprise space shuttle, the Concorde, an SR-71 Blackbird, Amelia Earhart's flight suit and various rockets, missiles, satellites, fighters and jetliners.

The annex is named for Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, a Hungarian immigrant who made a fortune in aircraft leasing. Udvar-Hazy pledged $60 million for the project in 1999, which was the Smithsonian's largest-ever individual donation at the time.

The original Air and Space Museum, which will remain open, is the most visited museum in the world, averaging 9 million guests a year. Both are free, though parking at the new facility costs $12.

I can't wait!

Posted by Ted at December 11, 2003 07:41 PM
Category: SciTech

one of my colleagues was there for a special preview and says it still isn't as good as the U.S. Air Force Museum. still, i can't wait to visit too.

Posted by: chris hall at December 16, 2003 12:38 PM
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