A Pre-Flight Trip to the Dulles Airport National Air & Space Museum
Sometimes when you travel home, your flight schedule is such that you don’t have enough time to really explore the city you’ve visited, but have enough time that you’d rather not waste it at the hotel or airport. And if that city happens to be Washington D.C. and you’re flying out of Dulles International Airport (IAD), you’re in luck!
Dulles has a secret that many travelers are unaware of; The Smithsonian has a satellite National Air and Space Museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, just minutes away from the terminal. An inside are some terrific aircraft including a Concorde Jet and even the Orbiter Enterprise!
Visiting the National Air and Space Museum at the Dulles Airport
To make the most of your visit, arrive at the airport terminal about 3-4 hours before your departure. This ensures that you are early enough to check your bags in and still have time to explore the museum. After you’ve checked in your bags, proceed to the shuttle pick-up area for your transportation to the museum. The shuttle is convenient, inexpensive and operates on a regular basis from the airport terminal. Of course, if you rented a car, you could always drive there yourself. It’s only 2.5 miles from the airport.
After you pay your entry fee go ahead an explore the museum’s exhibits and if time allows, check out the control tower which offers a great view of the Dulles airfield. When you’re done, the shuttle will return you to the airport in time for you to get to your flight.
Air and Space Museum Photos
Orbiter Enterprise – was used as a test vehicle before the actual shuttles flew.
Air France Concorde – The fastest supersonic commercial airplane.
Enola Gay – This B-29 Bomber dropped the bombs that ended World War II.
Unknown space capsule.
Federal Express – Delivery Jet.
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