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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Wright close

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother's first flight, I went out during lunch today to see the original Wright Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum. They've taken the flyer down from its hanging place in the main Hall of Flight and wrapped an exhibit around it: The Wright Brothers: Aerial Age Begins. The flyer is now at floor level in a second floor gallery where you can inspect it from just beyond arm's reach.

The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to study the finely-crafted and brilliantly-engineered flying machine up close. I didn't have much time to look at the exhibit's info panels and many historial artifacts (including a rare Wright bicycle), so a trip back is certain. I did run into my buddy of 20 years, Bea Mowry, who is the design director of the museum. She's been working almost 'round the clock to get the displays for new Dulles Extension ready.

A TV news crew from Dayton, Ohio was taping a segment on the Wrights, and the museum had two actors present dressed as the brothers speaking in character to answer questions for visitors. I walked by the Apollo Lunar Module on my way out of the museum to feel the magnitude of how humans first achieved powered flight and later set foot on the Moon in the span of a lifetime.

The web press kit says the exhibit will run for at least two years. Until you get a chance to see the exhibit yourself, you might enjoy this TypePad gallery of some of the photos I took today.

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Hello Mike. First of all congratulations on the newborn. I have never posted a comment on your blog before, but I am a frequent visitor to look at the beautiful photos you have taken over time. So many of the images are of simple things that come to life on the blog as beautiful works of art. I am hoping to get the 24/7 book for Xmas and look at your photo up close and personal. Aside from that, I think you should definitely take the time (if cianna will allow) and visit the Udvar Hazy center out at Dulles airport. I took a day off work and went on opening day and was so taken by the exhibits. You should go especially if you know someone who has worked on the projects for the center. Lots of photo ops for you there. Here are some of my shots not as good as yours will be. See http://wateyesaw.textamerica.com. Thanks for showing your photos for all the world to see. :-)

Posted by: Hung at Dec 23, 2003 4:04:21 AM

Thanks so much for writing, and for providing a link to your wonderful moblog. The photos you made from the opening day of the Udvar-Hazy Center are the first non-press photos from after the opening and were a treat to see. A visit to the new center is a priority for an upcoming weekend. I think my friend Bea will be burned out from working long hours at the center, so a personal tour is unlikely. I am planning lunch with her to get some inside details on the design challenges of the exhibits which I hope to blog about.

Posted by: Mike Lee at Dec 27, 2003 12:59:17 AM

You have some great photos here.

Posted by: dave at Dec 28, 2003 1:07:03 PM