Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Today's Shots...


This a.m. was filled with building a zoo type thing for all of Shana & Rob's old beanie babies. We had an ocean, bird perches, farm area and a few others I'm not sure about.

This afternoon we went to the McDonnell Douglas Prologue Room. But first, the crew hanging out on the porch swing. In Boeing's museum we saw models of planes from the beginning of the company (around 1920)to the present. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in airplanes -either commercial or military- or spacecraft. Alex was feeling cynical until we walked over to the entrance. His eyes lit up and there was a whispered, "wow..."

The museum is small but divided into three sections. My kids made a beeline for the spacecraft. They had a mockup of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft. The actual mock ones built to make sure all the stuff that needed to go inside fit inside. The astronauts that actually flew in them came and tested them for fit and convenience. So cool!

The display of Air Force One models was a big hit. It amazes me that the craft used in 1990 was about twice as big as the craft used in 1998. hmmm... an amazing display of Democrats vs Republicans.

The boys were captivated by the shape and speed of the various military crafts. The stealth models and any plane that went over Mach 1 was a hit. Mach 2.5 was the speedest we found. One of Tyler's favorite things was a missile and the "triangle planes". The interior cockpit of a commercial jetliner was greeted with enthusiasm. Alex & Tyler liked comparing the photos of the cockpits of planes in the 1930's, 1950's, 1970 & 1990.

There was also a 5 minute film of the process of building a 777. How do you watch a building of a plane in 5 minutes? Speed it up. Reminded Jeff of a Sesame Street piece.

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