Taking Flight

To celebrate Ben’s birthday on Oct 2nd, we decided to visit one of the largest air and space museums in the world – the Museum of Flight in Seattle! The building itself is massive. Historically significant air crafts with funny names like the Grasshopper, Super Fortress and Skyhawk and are all lined up in rows or hung on mega-strong strings for little boys to drool over. There are even spacecrafts and weird looking capsules that look like something from the Twilight Zone (some date back to the moon landing or earlier). I felt like such a geek just being there, but there’s no denying that the collections were spectacular and I loved seeing the excitement on Ben’s face! This was his Disneyland.

A one-man plane, literally. The pilot would have to stand and maneuver this thing.

I had my own personal commentator (Ben) who would give me the download of engines as we walked from one plane to the next. We’d both lean into a model as he pointed out the difference between a piston engine and gas turbines (if I remember correctly). I would nod and repeat some of the stuff he said in simple human language so that he knew I understood the gist. I sometimes forget this, but every once in a while I’m reminded that my husband is extremely smart :)

A concept from the (60’s?) of a car that transforms into a plane. All households would eventually have this in their garage. Ha!

Model of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth’s orbit

We got to see the inside of the Concorde which used to be the fastest commercial plane (i.e. the flight from New York to London would only take two hours!)

And alas we ended our tour with the WWI and II section which was full of fighter planes and intricate wooden models. Some of these looked so cartoony and surreal. It was hard to believe men died in these things during one of history’s biggest conflicts. What’s crazy is that even though globally we were unstable and terror struck every man, woman and child, people still managed to dress glamorously what with all the two-piece suits, wide trousers, shoulder pads, nylon stockings and long curls (since women had to cut back on going to the salon). It’s amazing how even Adolph Hitler dictated women’s clothing, setting a tone for everything and putting restrictions on certain fabrics (which is why women’s hemlines rose and dresses became shorter!)

And that, my friends, is the real reason why World War II broke out. Man’s attempt to make women wear shorter skirts and show more skin (I know, bad joke on a sensitive subject but I had to throw it out there).

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