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Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Location: 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Contact: 703-572-4118
Grades: PreK and up
Admission: FREE


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About the Museum:

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. The building provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.

The Udvar-Hazy Center’s parking lot can accommodate 2,000 vehicles. Daily parking is available for $15 (free after 4:00 pm). No direct public transportation line will take you from the National Mall to the Udvar-Hazy Center, however you can find transportation options other than driving.

Some exhibits to explore:

WWII Aviation: World War II became the global arena for a titanic struggle for control of the air. U.S. factories produced overwhelming numbers of fighter and bombers, and in both Europe and the Pacific, aviation proved crucial in tactical and strategic roles. War-induced technological leaps in aircraft design and performance recast the nature of air warfare. Here you will see the Enola Gay and a Stinson L-5 Sentinel.

Rockets and Missiles: In the 1920s, visionaries in the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, and elsewhere began developing liquid-fuel rockets with an eye toward space travel. Up to that point, the rocket had not changed much since its invention in China around the year 1000: a small artillery or fireworks device using gunpowder as a fuel. Here you will see a Redstone Missile and a Henschel Hs 293

Human Spaceflight: Since the first venture into space by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961, more than 500 men and women have flown in space, some staying months at a time. People have circled the Earth in small capsules and huge Space Shuttles. Here you can see the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a Mercury space capsule, and a Mobile Quarantine Facility.

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