The History of Aviation – Behind the Scenes

The History of Aviation: The Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Aircraft Museum and Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Facility Tour – with Gerry Blake and Ernie O’Rourke

Astounding leaps in aviation technology are on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy center located at Dulles Airport. Ranging from Langley’s 1903 Aerodrome to the 2,000 mph SR-71 Blackbird and the Space Shuttle Discovery, it’s difficult to imagine that these machines share the same century.

Instructor Jerry Blake’s considerable technical and historical knowledge will provide participants with an insight into this rapid evolution of manned flight. As part of the tour, Jerry will lead a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration hanger where history aircraft are prepared for display.

For co-instructor Ernie O’Roarke, long time pilot and aviation enthusiast, the amazing stories surrounding the aircraft on display provide the human context behind the machines. Some of the best stories involve aircraft often overlooked on a typical tour of the museum.

For more information about the Udvar-Hazy Center, visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum here.

ILR813 The History of Aviation: The Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Aircraft Museum and Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Facility Tour – with Gerry Blake and Ernie O’Rourke
4-digit#: 6146
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Coach departs FCC Conference Center at 8:00 am returning about 5:30 pm
Fee: $119 (Lunch at museum café not included.)

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