While the dogs were hard at work in the hotel….

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We went to the Air and Space Museum….

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Sadly, since it was the end of May a bajillion middle schoolers were there on class trips to DC and different Smithsonian museums, so we had to wrangle our way through throngs of idiot children who couldn’t have been less interested in the history of Air and Space. Fortunately, once we steered away from any interactive area to the parts where we had to read and just look at historical artifacts (take a look at our pictures on Flickr for DC), it was much quieter and we could enjoy the museum. Since we’re on the subject of idiot children (and their parents), I think my personal favorite were the kids who were supposed to be exploring the museum and filling out a worksheet with their Dad; however, the idiot children were running around like chickens with their heads cut off and the father was telling them what to write down on their worksheet — way to go Dad… nothing like doing their homework for them!

Idiots aside, I have to say that the museum is totally worth going to — being able to walk around the museum and watch the history of flight unfold beginning with the Wright brothers and continuing through the modern flight era was very cool. What struck us though was as these new technologies emerged how quickly the military industrial complex, especially in the U.S. saw them as tools of war. Really?! We can’t think of anything better to do with these amazing gizmos that fly than mount a gun on them to more effectively kill people… hmmm…

It was also really interesting to watch the evolution of the Cold War and use of space as a measuring stick for the strength of the West versus ‘communism’ and to see the old “CCCP” and Soviet flag on many of the space exploration artifacts was a reminder of how very much technology and the world has changed since just 1989.

Yet, to me, the coolest part of the Air and Space museum was the adventuring like Howard Hughes plane that first broke the sound barrier, or Lindburgh’s Spirit of St. Louis, or any of the other interesting adventures that planes first enabled. All-in-all, a great place to visit!

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