The Concorde in HDR, Air & Space Museum

I have a fascination with airplanes of all types and descriptions since I was first introduced to them as a child by my father and visited and toured the military air shows and climbed into the cockpit and saw those amazing shiny controls and objects.  I was hooked and had the privilege of visiting many shows, airfields/airports/military installations, NASA and museums with my family.  The National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia are a favorite annually as there is so much to see, study and photograph.  The image above of “The Concorde” is from my latest visit and processed HDR.

Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France

“The first supersonic airliner to enter service, the Concorde flew thousands of passengers across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound for over 25 years. Designed and built by Aérospatiale of France and the British Aviation Corporation, the graceful Concorde was a stunning technological achievement that could not overcome serious economic problems.

In 1989, Air France signed a letter of agreement to donate a Concorde to the National Air and Space Museum upon the aircraft’s retirement. On June 12, 2003, Air France honored that agreement, donating Concorde F-BVFA to the Museum upon the completion of its last flight. This aircraft was the first Air France Concorde to open service to Rio de Janeiro, Washington, D.C., and New York and had flown 17,824 hours.

Wingspan: 25.56 m (83 ft 10 in)
Length: 61.66 m (202 ft 3 in)
Height: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
Weight, empty: 79,265 kg (174,750 lb)
Weight, gross: 181,435 kg (400,000 lb)
Top speed: 2,179 km/h (1350 mph)
Engine: Four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Mk 602, 17,259 kg (38,050 lb) thrust each
Manufacturer: Société Nationale Industrielle Aérospatiale, Paris, France, and British Aircraft Corporation, London, United Kingdom

The Concorde is now prominently displayed at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.”
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This full view image is courtesy of the National Air & Space Museum.

Space Shuttle Discovery in HDR

As Washingtonians, we have grown up in the great Smithsonian Institute museums and they are a large part of our photography life.  We love photographing in Washington DC for events and pleasure.  It is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and the architecture and museums offer visitors such a plethora of subjects to study and for photogs, to photograph.  Our favorites are the air and space museums in both locations of DC and Northern Virginia.  The National Air & Space Museum  at  Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va houses the Space Shuttle Discovery and is a favorite to photograph.  We visited again recently at a quieter hour where we could capture more of the Discovery and museum.

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The space shuttle Discovery is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

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For the Love of Space

We love the National Air and Space Museum and recently had a re-visit to see the new exhibits and catch up to the ones we missed last year.  The cooler weather created just the right colors, light and reflections to make morning photographing a joy.  The sun really makes a difference for reflections.  Go visit when you are in the Dulles-Washington, DC area.

“The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a  vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation  and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and  geophysics.”

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