Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Udvar Hazy Center @ Dulles Airport - WW II Planes

I made my first trip to the Udvar Hazy Center located at Dulles Airport. It is part of the Smithsonian Collection and it houses many of the planes which are too large for the Air and Space Museum on the mall in Washington DC. This first post is from their WWII collection of aircraft.

Arguably, one of the most famous or infamous (depending on your view) is the Enola Gay. Two photos of the Enola Gay, the nose and the tail. Coverage from front to back.

Lighting is difficult at best in the museum and tripods are not permitted.

One of the most feared fighters of the German Air Force was the FW 190.

And from the Allied side of the battle, the workhorse P-47.

And finally, from the Pacific side of the war. The plane the Japanese called the "forked devil". This is one of the most interesting planes of the war. Only a few exist today.

The last of the planes from the Pacific - The P40 in its Tiger War paint and the Corsair.

More to follow in later posts.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Loram Railgrinder and NS 39G

It has been a while since Daniel and I have been out to photograph trains. Thanks to a heads up, we headed out to catch the Loram Railgrinder working it's way between Abrams and Falls. Here it is just south of Swedeland. It sure does make an impressive sight.

Here it is moving through Bridgeport.

A thank you for the heads up on 39G. It is being lead by NS2574. A rare SD70 still in Conrail Blue.