Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Air and Space Annex

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 25 Air and Space Annex

It’s now been exactly a month since we visited the Air and Space Annex in Dulles, VA, on our way home from New England.  This was our first visit to the annex, and I must say, it was impressive.  Unlike the main museum, the annex is spacious and wide open, with not just small aircraft, but very large examples of aviation milestones.  From the Enola Gay – (the B-29 that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb in combat – shown below, to the Dash-80 (the prototype for the Boeing 707 which introduced the jet engine to commercial flight), you could walk around and on the catwalks above the aircraft to see them from virtually any perspective.

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 21 Air and Space Annex

We visited the Annex after spending a few last hours at Gettysburg and the contrast between that battle and the impact of just one aircraft, the Enola Gay, was sobering.  In 1863, it took three days, 170,000 men and an unimaginable number of mini balls and artillery shells to kill less than 10,000.  82 years later, it took one aircraft, with one bomb, just a few seconds to kill an estimated 50,000 people.  What a stunning change in less than a century.

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 29 Air and Space Annex

On a more uplifting note, we can make another comparison with the space program.  in 1903, powered flight had yet to be achieved, most people were living on farms and the primary mode of transportation involved horses.  But in just 66 years, we had safely and successfully put men on the moon!  The 20th century, both good and bad, was an amazing time of innovation and progress.

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Dive! Dive! Dive!

2013 07 Fine Art New England 32 Albacore NH

After our extended time in Rangeley, we headed back to our home base in the New Hampshire seacoast region.  The first few days back were wet and rather dreary, but that didn’t stop us from taking a picnic lunch out to one of our favorite spots (Great Island Common – New Castle, NH) and enjoying Portsmouth’s famous Moe’s subs while watching the fog roll in and out along the Piscatiqua River.  From there, we ventured to the USS Albacore Museum, a great place I hadn’t toured since my childhood.  The testbed Albacore represents a massive change in submarine design.  Through World War II, submarines were primarily surface ships that would occasionally dive when attacking or evading attack.  This resulted in submarines that looked a lot like surface ships and had a top speed under water of only a few knots.  But after the war, the Navy began taking cues from the streamlining movement that had swept the aviation industry, and for the first time, developed a vessel that would be built from the ground up to live under water.   This new design resulted in a vessel that could achieve 27 knots underwater and handled more like a fighter jet than a boat – so much so that the pilot’s chair was equipped with aircraft-like controls and a seat belt (pictured below)!

2013 07 Fine Art New England 38 Albacore NH

After years of service and a bevy of revolutionary developments, the Albacore was retired from service in 1972 and mothballed in Philadelphia.  In the 1980s, a push was made to make the vessel a museum, and in 1985 she was moved to her permanent home (after moving a few roadways and a rail trellis to float her in) just a few miles from where she was launched 32 years earlier.  Below is a large selection of photos from our day at Albacore.  As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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