Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 7 of the Exciting Adventures of Flat Tucker!

Got all packed up and checked out of the hotel this morning. Took our last subway ride on the Metro to a bus stop where we caught a bus to Dulles airport. This was our first time exiting at the Rosslyn Metro stop and I about had a heart attack when I boarded the escalator to go up. I am afraid of heights and I have never seen such a monster! It got to a point where I knew I better not look back at Joey because I'd probably pass out! According to Wikipedia it is the 3rd longest continuous spanned escalator in the world!
Photo from Wikipedia

We made it to Dulles airport in Virginia with the plan to check the luggage and take the shuttle to the Air and Space museum nearby. Problem is we found out you are not allowed to check luggage more than four hours before a flight! So we schlepped all our luggage along to the Air and Space Museum which thankfully had lockers large enough to hold a suitcase!

The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum was really great. It is very large so it can hold all the aircraft that the main location on the National Mall cannot hold, like Space Shuttle Discovery! I was just in awe of standing right next to an actual real life Space Shuttle! I just love the Space Shuttle and I was able to see the last launch ever of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011. It was a dream of mine so to see a shuttle up close was really, really cool!








We also saw some Navy Tomcat jets like you see in the movie Top Gun.



Joey was excited to see the SR-71 Blackbird which is one of the fastest fighter jets of the Air Force.



The airplane called, The Enola Gay, is also housed here. This airplane holds historical significance as being the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, that helped end World War II but caused great devastation and suffering to the people of Japan.



This museum was really cool to visit even if it was a bit inconvenient to get here and drag our luggage!

We're back at the airport now and sitting at the gate awaiting our flight.  Right now everything looks to be running on time so we should be sleeping in our beds in Omaha tonight. I hate the vacation to end but it's always nice to be back sleeping in your own bed!



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