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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7506 posts, RR: 24
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3328 times:

When checking the photo database, I saw that someone had indeed posted some cockpit shots of the retired AirTran DC9 at the Virginia Air & Space Museum. From the museum's website, there is also a Boeing 717 cockpit simulator located in the former Business Class section of the DC9.

My questions are:

1. How was the AirTran DC9 exhibit as a whole? I understand that one is allowed to board it, unlike the Concorde display over the museum near IAD.

2. Does the museum have a similar exhibit but different type of aircraft (military, space or otherwise)?

3. Is anyone heading out to the museum on either Aug. 21, 22, 23, or 24?

I will be in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area during those days. The museum is definitely on my 'to do' list when I get down there.

Any comments or feedback would be much appreciated.




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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

I live about 15 miles WNW of the Udvar-Hazy museum, in Loudoun county, Virginia. The museum is near the south end of the two main N/S runways at IAD. Expect a 3 hour drive from the VA Beach area to the D.C. area for your visit.

I have visited the museum several times, most recently a week ago Saturday. No AirTran DC-9 was on hand. Yes, Concorde Fox-Alpha is on display, and is the star of the show; no access inside due to the fact that AF stripped the seats, etc., out of the cabin after it was donated. Other "stars" include the space shuttle Enterprise, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Boeing Dash-80 (first B-707), and a number of other military aircraft, including the Enola Gay B-29 that dropped the Big One.

You will certainly enjoy your visit. One downside: an outrageous $12 parking fee. Enter via Rt. 28, just north of Route 50. Maybe I will see you there!



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

My apologies . . . I did not realize that you were not referring to the Udvar-Hazy museum in your original post!


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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 949 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

I live about 20 minutes from Hampton and the Va Air & Space Museum, but I haven't been in about 7 years... long before the DC9 exhibit. The museum has probably changed quite a bit in those 7 years. If you're a fan of IMAX movies, they have a screen there, but it's a flat one, not a wraparound one. (The Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond has a wraparound IMAX screen.)

They have a new IMAX movie beginning on August 20th... perfect timing for your visit! http://www.vasc.org/imax/forcesofnature.html Also showing are Nascar 3D and the IMAX versions of Spider Man 2 and Harry Potter.

Hmm... I might be persuaded to drag myself away from a.net on the 24th...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

I'll be there. I live in Virginia Beach. Give me an e-mail and we'll see if we can't set something up.

An interesting note is that the DC9 didn't land at KPHF. It landed at Langley and was donated to the museum there. It was then trucked across I64, wings removed and now it sits. I haven't been there in months, but there's also one of the F/A-18 prototypes there, also.

There's not much to see as far as spotting goes at PHF and ORF. PHF sees FL 717's, and the largest aircraft into ORF is DL and UPS 757's. NGU, the Naval Base, gets World Airways DC-10's in all of the time. I've seen CO 73G's there. Oceana NAS (NTU) is the east coast master jet base on the east coast.

Get in touch with me. I'd be glad to show you around.

Chris


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7506 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Vatveng & Flynavy,

Thanks for the info. Flynavy/Chris, I sent you an e-mail regarding some of my trip plans and info.

Stretch8,

I was already at the Udvar-Hazy Museum during the now-famous 7/31 DCA/IAD spotters' meeting. Since that trip was primarily geared towards spotting of active commercial aircraft, we were only at the museum for about an hour. I do plan on visiting that museum for a longer period sometime in the future.

No problem regarding the mix-up regarding which museum I was referring to; I've made a similar mistake once before.

Regards,  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Chris



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