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Best Of Aviation Queen: Random Aviation Photo

Editor’s note: I’m taking the week off for vacation, so check out some of my favorite blog posts of 2013. In June, I got to hang out with the Airplane Geeks at the Smithsonian’s annual Be A Pilot Family Day. I snapped this photo of friend and Geek Rob Mark as we walked though the museum. The post below first appeared on the blog on June 27. Enjoy!

Last week I got to hang out with the Airplane Geeks at the Smithsonian’s annual Be A Pilot Family Day out at the Washington Dulles outpost of the Air and Space Museum. I got there early, which gave me plenty of time to snap pictures, which you can see on my Flickr account, here.  Below is a shot I took of Geek Rob Mark, who, despite his age, is still enamored with aviation. And you can listen to the show, which I got to co-host, here. Enjoy!!

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Random Aviation Photo

Last week I got to hang out with the Airplane Geeks at the Smithsonian’s annual Be A Pilot Family Day out at the Washington Dulles outpost of the Air and Space Museum. I got there early, which gave me plenty of time to snap pictures, which you can see on my Flickr account, here.  Below is a shot I took of Geek Rob Mark, who, despite his age, is still enamored with aviation. And you can listen to the show, which I got to co-host, here. Enjoy!!

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Random Aviation Photo

In June 2012, I spent the day at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center out at Washington Dulles for the annual International Learn to Fly Day.  I was there to geek out and record an episode of the Airplane Geeks podcast.  But there was time to kill before we went on the air, so I took some photos.  Below is the Boeing 307 Stratoliner used by Pan Am dubbed the Clipper Flying Cloud. Enjoy!

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My Day With The Enola Gay

Regular readers know that on top of my day job at Aviation Week, I’m one of the biggest aviation geeks on the planet.  And being in the aviation business has afforded me some really great experiences.

Yesterday’s post was about my visit to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center to watch my Airplane Geeks record their podcast live for Be a Pilot Day.  I was delighted to see that they were broadcasting right across from the Enola Gay.

Which leads to today’s post.  Back in the fall of 2003, I worked in the communications department of Rolls-Royce North America.  Rolls-Royce was one of the major donors to the museum, and our offices were not too far away. The museum hadn’t opened yet, but they were busy loading in artifacts in time for the grand opening in December.

A call came in inviting folks to come over to, and I quote, “see something cool.” I jumped at the chance.  It was a bit jumbled when I arrived, but you definitely got a sense that the place was going to be special.   A docent comes up and asks my name, then tells me to follow him.

And there she was — the Enola Gay. She had just arrived from the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility, located in Suitland, Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C.  Two of the men on the team that had restored the plane were there, and it was a pleasure to talk to them about the work that had to be done.

I got to see the Enola Gay up close and personal, and I was shocked to see graffiti etched on the fuselage.  One of the restorers told me it had been out in the elements before a final decision had been made on what to do with it.  They also told me that they had recently found rare color footage that showed the bomb bay had been painted yellow.  And what a thrill it was for me to stick my head in that bomb bay and take a peek inside the aircraft.

So if you’re in the D.C. area, I highly recommend a visit out to this facility to see the Enola Gay and the rest of the museum’s amazing collection of commercial, military and defense aircraft. Click here to find the best way to get to the museum.  Enjoy!

Random Aviation Photos – The Airplane Geeks Edition!

If you weren’t able to make it out to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles Airport for the annual Become a Pilot Day and aviation display this past Saturday, you missed it.

My favorites — the Airplane Geeks — recorde their podcast live.  My daughter, the self-dubbed Princess of Planes, had a grand time with Uncles Max, Rob, David and Dan.  And it was SO great to meet some of my online Twitter aviation geeks, including @Defender13, @JimWay and @PlaneSafeOrg. It was also a thrill to meet Airplane Geeks favorite Micah and his mother Harriet (wearing her Airplane Geeks t-shirt). So below are some photos I took from the event.  Enjoy!

A Pan Am Clipper Boat