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Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Back in the 1980s NASA developed and deployed a system to improve space to ground communications for both manned and unmanned space flight. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite took on the acronym TDRS (pronounced tee-dris) and remains highly successful in the transference of data...

Fw 190 F-8

Fw 190 F-8

The Focke Wulf Fw 190 and it's many variations were widely used during World War II. This single-seat German made fighter was designed by the German Ministry of Aviation.

Today's photograph shows the Air and Space Museum's restored F8 model, which entered service in 1941 and earned the nickname of the "Butcher Bird".

Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery

Today’s image comes via the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, also known as the Air and Space Museum where the Space Shuttle Discovery has landed and found it’s final home. This awesome machine has a special place in my heart since it was THE shuttle that returned us to flight after the Challenger accident

F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat

I have always had a fondness of U S Navy and Air Force jet fighter planes, so much so that a few scale models have found their way into a small collection. So when I saw the F 14 Tomcat on the floor of the Air and Space Museum I could hardly wait to get a closer look. Technically, the one featured in this post is a Grumman F-14 D (R) Tomcat which was manufactured in the mid 1970′s.