I’m back from my “too short” vacation. I had a really good time visiting with my sisters and my mother and assorted nieces and nephews despite the weather. You see, from the time we arrived until the day before we left, it rained. Some times it was a hard rain and other times it was a light mist. This required alternative activities instead of spending time at the beach. One thing that Sparky and I did (which no one else wanted to do with us) was visit the Naval Air Museum. We were a little worried that the museum would be closed due to the government shut-down but it was open. It followed the history of military use of balloons and the development of airplanes and air craft carriers from the beginning to current times. We spent the better part of the afternoon at the free museum. Sparky was enthralled by the section on space travel.
Above are the flight suits that the Navy developed for pilots that were flying at high altitudes. They were also the basis for the first space suits developed for orbiting the earth.
Here is Sparky looking very pleased that he was able to get this close to a real space capsule. He is a total space geek and was having a geek-out moment. It was a good thing the interior was sealed with plexiglas or he would have climbed inside! We watched a video shot inside the International Space station that provided answers to the most burning questions about living in space (with demonstrations). Included was a tour of the space station – even getting to see the Russians’ quarters. We finally pulled ourselves away from the space section and got to see the movie about WWII planes that have been salvaged from (of all places) Lake Michigan!! There were even a couple of them restored and on display! The part that kept me entertained was all the art work on the planes. It ranged from the highly artistic to the very basic. Although it wasn’t considered an official mark, many planes had the logo of the units using them. Some are fairly offensive in today’s climate but this was wartime and demonizing the enemy was a common tactic. It is so effective that it is still used today!
So some of these made me laugh as these pilots and air crews obviously had a sense of humor (#8) and others were reminiscent of the life they left behind (#10). All in all there were some interesting exhibits and I got to see many interesting things. I especially liked the cut away aircraft. There was one bi-wing and one WWII cargo plane. For a free museum it was an excellent value!