Photos: Smithsonian Udvar-Hazey Center

It was awesome to get to the visit the Udvar-Hazey center near Dulles Airport, VA. The museum has free admission, but charges big-city prices for parking.

I continued to improve my flash photography skills, using a 600EX-RT clone flash unit. Challenges at the hangar were the varying intensity and color of light, and having to use the camera hand-held, instead of being able to use a tripod or at least a monopod to let me reduce my shutter speed to brighten the photos more. Unfortunately, the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center — like many popular places with the potential for awesome photos — forbid visitors to bring in tripods or even monopods.

I would like to upgrade my Canon 40D APS-C body to the 80D or perhapd a full-frame body such as the Canon 5DS, 5D4, or 6D2. The full frame body would help me to get a wider frame of view. Any newer cameras, but especially a full-frame, would provide more mercy when shooting in low-light situations, like this hangar. Until then, I’ll just have to shoot with what I have.

As you would expect, as soon as I walked through the main entrance I made a beeline towards the space shuttle Discovery as soon as I saw it and spent a lot of time taking photos of it.

Space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Visitors admire space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The Canadarm with space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The nose section of space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The beautiful Holly Nash with space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Still working on my fill flash skills. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Space shuttle Discovery tail section at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

A NASA Univac 1232 computer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

North Vietnamese propaganda leaflets with canister at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Regulus I cruise missile at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

US Army Redstone missile at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Canon L2 8mm motion film camera with lenses at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

An Apollo boilerplate command module used for training. The floaters are from Columbia, the Apollo 11 module. On display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The Gemini TTV-1 prototype Gemini module was designed to paraglide onto a runway instead of falling into the water like previous capsules. The parasail is above it. On display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The Freedom 7 II capsule at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Satellite constellation above my head at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Mars Pathfinder lander prototype at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

A little bit of the back of space shuttle Discovery with a satellite overhead at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

An early Nikon N90S/Kodak DSLR camera at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The Canadensis flyer, like the one shown in the “Fly Away Home” movie, used to guide geese on migration.Seen at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

An early two-person police helicopter. Holly thought it looked like one featured in an episode of “I Love Lucy.” On display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

A one-man U.S. Marine Corps helicopter prototype at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

A one-man U.S. Marine Corps helicopter prototype at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The Airphibia, an early roadable airplane prototype, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

A biplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The beautiful Holly Nash admiring the planes at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The beautiful Holly Nash at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The beautiful Holly Nash at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

An early airplane design at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

A biplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

The stunning SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

SR-71 tail section showing the Skunkworks logo at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

F-14D Tomcat at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Warplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Warplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

F-35 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Sikorsky HH-52A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

F-35 engine at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

F-35 engine at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Helicopter at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The beautiful Holly Nash in the observation tower with an aircraft about to land at Dulles airport behind her. At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Biplane on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Early dual-engine aircraft at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

P-51C Excalibur III at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Monocoupe 110 Special “Little Butch” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

Apollo command module being restored at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Airplane undergoing restoration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

 

At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

U.S. flag and satellite at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Gemini paraglider test vehicle at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

German warplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Warplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Attack helicopter at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

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