Atomic Bomb Survivors See Enola Gay: "A small group of protesters briefly disrupted the official opening of the National Air and Space Museum's new annex at Dulles International Airport Monday, spilling a red liquid supposed to resemble blood near the Enola Gay exhibit and throwing an object that dented the airplane."
"The Enola Gay is one of 82 racers, gliders, helicopters, warplanes and airliners currently on display in the Smithsonian Institution's nearly 294,000-square-foot aviation exhibit hanger. Other notable exhibits include the S-R 71 Blackbird, an American spy plane that still holds the record as the fastest plane ever built; and the space shuttle Enterprise, which was used by NASA to test various concepts during the development of reusable spacecraft.
"The Smithsonian's aerospace collection also will eventually be displayed in the 53,000 square foot James S. McDonnell Space hanger. 'This is the largest air and space exhibition complex in the world,' said retired Gen. John R. Dailey, director of the museum. 'We have about 40 percent of the aircraft in here today, and over the next three years we'll be moving more in.'"
"Visitors, for the most part, said they were impressed with the new annex." Yours truly was at the museum on opening day! Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. The resolution is a little low, but that will have to be forgiven considering this is the first group of pictures taken with my new phone and uploaded to Sprint.