Originally Posted by psmcn
Awesome shot!!! I know just where that is as well. The one with the shuttle in the background is nice. When I have visitors in town I take them out to The National Air and Space Museum STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER. It's a great place to visit. I have a few friends that are or have been in motor here in Montgomery county. Are you in this pic? What department is that?
Well Paul, no i am not in the photo's, but i am sure i am in a lot of photo's that are taken by the visitors. This is my place of employment. As far as the department, I believe it is the VA state police special unit, but i will confirm that on Monday and correct this post if needed.
Now if you visit the museum after the first of the year you will be able to enter a brand new area, this is phase II. It is an additional 250,000 sq ft of the museum, it is the new Restoration Hanger. This addition will make the museum over 1,000,000,000 sq ft. Currently restoration is being done at the Garber Facility in Suitland Maryland all of that is moving to the Hazy Center very,very soon.
Visitor will be able to walk around a rised cat walk and look down and watch SI Employees working on restoring air craft that have been in storage.
You mention the Space Shuttle and as you know it is the Enterprise, the prototype to the real thing well, i have some news, i found out a few weeks ago that the Enterprise will be leaving the Hazy Center to make room for the Discovery Shuttle once it returns to earth and it is decommissioned.
If you or anyone else have any question about the Museum or artifacts please ask, if i don't have the answer i can get it in most cases.
I posted two pic, the first one is on the West side of the museum looking from the South looking at the side of the Space Hanger, the second pic is on the same side but looking South with the Space Hanger behind me, most of this area is the new 250,000 sq ft Restoration Hanger.
In the second pic you can see a small gray building that is setting by it self, this building is the C.U.P. or Central Utility Plant this is where our chillers and boilers are and is part of phase I.
With phase II just about complete the C.U.P. had a second story put on top of it and incorporated into the new addition. I have maney more pic from day one. I was there for one year while it was still under construction before the museum open on the 100 Year Anniversary of the Wright Brothers First Flght.