Planes, trains, and spaceships…

Yesterday we had lunch at our favorite Los Ramirez, with Jan getting her usual Pecuhga Rellena,

Los Ramierz Pechuga Rellana

while this time I went with something a little different, the Caldo de Pollo,

Los Ramierz Caldo de Pollo

basically Chicken Soup with Veggies. Really good with a great flavor and a lot of chicken in there, too.

Tomorrow Jan has a doctor’s appointment just for lab work to check her thyroid levels, and then she’s going to get her toes done.

After that, we’re meeting my client’s Office Manager, Jennifer, to dinner at East Star Buffet, our go-to Chinese Buffet place since Yummy Yummy has not yet reopened. And after this long we’re beginning to get worried.

Here’s a list of about 20 worldwide studies that show how well the HCQ/Z-pak/Zinc regimen works in combatting the WuFlu.

Multiple Major HCQ Studies That Show It Works.

 

Another in our Where We Were 11 Years Ago Today series.


July 8, 2009

Planes, trains, and spaceships…

Well, we braved the DC Metro Rail line, and survived.

We started out with breakfast at the Silver Diner, a place we had noticed right down the road from our RV park.

Silver Diner

It looks like one of those old-fashioned roadside diners that looked like it was made out of stainless steel.  It even had the jukebox music selectors at each table.  And the food was very good.  We will probably eat there again some morning.

We then drove over to the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station and caught the Orange line into Metro Center, switched to the Red line (that’s the one that killed 9 people a couple of weeks ago) and ended up at Union Station.

Union Station, built in 1908 and remodeled several times, is very impressive.  Besides having 3 levels of train tracks, it’s pretty much a shopping mall inside, with shops, restaurants, hotels, and tour agencies.

Union Station

Union Station at Dusk

Union Station at Dusk

Union Station Interior

We ended up at Union Station because we wanted to take another Old Town Tolley Tour, like we did in Key West,  St. Augustine, and Savannah.  We plan on completing our set by taking their other tours in Boston and San Diego as we travel.

So we did the tourist thing, seeing all the usual sights…

The U.S. Capitol,

US Capitol

 

The White House,

White House

 

The Washington Monument,

Washington Monument

 

The Lincoln Memorial,

Lincoln Memorial

 

The Supreme Court,

Supreme Court

 

The National Archives, where the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other famous documents are stored.

National Archives

After we made the tour bus loop, we rode it back around and got off at the National Air & Space Museum, the other side of the Udar-Hazy Center that we visited the other day.

We got to see a lot more ‘original’ planes and space vehicles this time.  But the next picture isn’t one of those.

Below is a mockup of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander as it sat on the moon.

Apollo11

 

This is a mockup of the Hubble Telescope.  The Shuttle just finished up a repair mission that should keep it working for a few more years.

Hubble Telescope

 

This is the M2-F3 Lifting Body.  One like this is what you saw crashing at the beginning of the ‘6 Million Dollar Man’ TV show.  There was a pilot inside that ship and he survived, and they didn’t have to put him back together with bionics, either.

M2-F3 Lifting Body

 

This is the real thing.  It’s Burt Rutan’s SpaceShip One that won the $10 million X prize in 2004 for being the first private ship to make it into space.

Spaceship One

 

This is Chuck Yeager’s X-1 rocket plane that he piloted to break the sound barrier for the first time in history.

X-1

 

This is the X-15 rocket plane, the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft, at Mach 6.72 (4534 mph)  and  67 mile high.

X-15

 

This is the original Apollo 11 Command Module that the astronauts used to return from the moon.

Apollo11 Command Module

 

This is the German Me-262 jet fighter.  It was the first really operational jet fighter.  There aren’t too many of these left.

Me262

 

This is another item I have personal experience with.  It’s a GE J79 jet engine.  I spent a lot of time pulling these things out of and putting them back in F-4 Phantoms at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC.

J-79 Engine

 

This is the Ford Tri-Motor.  Who know Ford used to built aircraft?  Although these started flying in 1928, they were still flying them in South America when we lived there in the early 1960’s.  The ones we flew on down there only had 2 engines, not 3.  The center engine had been removed and the two wing-mounted engines had been replaced with more powerful ones from the DC-3s.

Ford Tri-Motor

 

This is another plane I worked on.  It’s an A-4 Skyhawk, except mine were for the Marine Corps, not the Navy.

A4

 

This is Charles Lindbergh’s original ‘Spirit of St. Louis’, in which he made the first solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927.  For this, he won $25,000.

Spirit of St. Louis

 

This is Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega that she used to make several record-setting flights, before she left on her ill-fated flight in her Lockheed Electra in 1937.

Lockheed Vega

 

This is the original 1903 Wright Flyer that the Wright brothers used to make the first successful powered flights in 1903.  The one we saw at Kitty Hawk a few weeks ago was a replica.

1903 Wright Flyer

 

This is a Tomahawk cruise missile. It can be launched from plane, a ship, or a submarine, travel over 1500 miles, and then fly through the exact window you aimed for.

Tomahawk

 

This is a Predator UAV complete with Hellfire missiles.  These are being used in Iraq,  Afghanistan, and Pakistan today.

Predator UAV

 

This is Voyager. Designed by Burt Rutan, and flown by his brother, Dick, and Jeana Yeager, in 1986 it was the first plane to fly around the world in 9 days without refueling or stopping.

Voyager

 

And, of course, what spaceship display is complete without the NCC-1701, the Starship Enterprise. This is the original model used in the ‘Star Trek’ TV show in 1966-1969.

NCC-1701

Tomorrow Jan and I plan to see the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.

Another fun trip on Metro Rail…


Thought For The Day:

The Trouble with Trouble is that it usually starts out as FUN.

 

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