Human Ingenuity on display

English: Sr-71

English: Sr-71 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a while now I wanted to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space museum outside of Washington DC – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It is located right next to the Dulles airport, and is definetely worth the trip. It is not nearly as crowded with people or planes as the one located at the National

Mall, but more importantly it has space for two of the most awesome examples of engineering prowess and human ingenuity.

After seeing them both, I will cannot decide which one impressed me more – the SR-71A “Blackbird” or the space shuttle ‘Discovery‘…

After thinking about it for a few days – I think the Blackbird is my favorite. It was a truly remarkable feat of engineering that was done on a relatively small budget, met all of its objectives, and has a legion of fans. I hope that one day I will work on something I could as proud of as the Lockheed team must have been of this plane.



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