Saturday, August 06, 2005

Two parts story, one part history, four parts photography

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Just a few weeks ago Dave and I went to the new Air and Space museum at Dulles airport. They created a museum in an airplane hangar in order to put full size planes inside. Very cool. The original Air and Space museum had part of the Enola Gay on display, but now that they have the hangar she is back in once piece. A walkway is set up so you can look right into the cockpit.

The history just kind of punches you in the face while you are gazing at her. She looks so shinny and pretty, but facilitated so much distruction. I think the sign of a good museum is one that can really make you think about our place in time. What would have happened if she failed that mission? Or what if we hadn't done it first? We must accept our full history, balance the so called "good" or "evil." As humans we are not inherently good or evil, and neither are our actions. This is something we often forget while looking at our past. Somewhere in the middle there is our lesson and it is ours to find. In this case we can do it while pondering tons of metal.

The best part of the museum is the Space Shuttle Enterprise. From a significant distance I witnessed a space shuttle launch and it was pretty great. Everybody stopped what they were doing, went outside and just stared up. Seeing the space shuttle upclose is equally as cool. It's the fucking space shuttle for Christ's sake! Of course it is awesome. Talk about making you think about your place in time.

There is also an SR-71 there and even thought I couldn't give a flying rats ass about that plane, I think I got a cool picture. So there ya go.


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