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The merlin engined Spitfire is the prettier of the two; with the Griffon engine the front is a bit bulkier with bulged cowls above the exhaust stacks to make room for the rocker covers. The Mk19 which I looked around last year now has a five blade prop; prior to that they were running a counter rotating six blade.
This Spit is the subject of many Youtube videos,(generally posted by Eric Goujon) well worth a look if you have time. Some in cockpit video as well. The plane is now in Camo colours instead of the original reconaissance scheme.
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Ok, OK! So it's a Packard Merlin, not a real Roller!Cry
 
 
& the much maligned Allison sitting right next to it.
 
They also have the Shuttle "Discovery" having updated from the "Enterprise" & the restoration hanger is almost open..
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Oh man! Thats BEAUTIFUL!
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Wow!

I have not been there in 40 years. I am sure I have missed a lot.
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Oh you have! The whole thing is slowly moving from the old building on the mall in DC to a series of aircraft hangers at the edge of Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virginia.
Phase 2, shown here is now about 99% complete & the restoration hanger is working, but not yet open to the public, but there is an open observation gallety.
They eventually hope to consolidate everything there, including the old Silverhills restoration facility.
 
A couple of interior views.
 
 
Even these don't really show it all off theres just so much of it packed in everywhere.
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I have missed a lot.
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OH MAN!! I'd overamp for SURE if I was in there! Nice shot of the Kingfisher
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You should make a visit of it. The NRA museum is just down the road.Evil Smile
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Sounds like a great road trip to take.
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Back in the day..we did the 125th anniversary re-enactment of 1st Manassas just outside of Dulles.Went to the Viet Nam memorial & Arlington..If I hadda known bout this place-I'd a bin there fer sure!(maybe STILL there!)
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The "Wall" is a strange place for a lot of people. I know people who are listed and missed.
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I'll say..Ken Furhman had never been to it, before that.(He did 2 1/2 tours). He selected ME (of all people) to assist him in the grotto.Wow.
I traced the names of his brother, his C.O. & the pilot of the Herc he crashed in, for him. Its a humbling experience. Even moreso when this huge man is reduced to tears.I defy anyone to walk through there-look at those 58,000 names-& come out dry-eyed!
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Hoadie, I was at the 125th Antietam too, with the Irish brigade. Both sides took the appearance of looking pretty shot up at the "sunken road", though I was on the right side. LOL
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If you were on the "right" side...why were you in the IRISH Brigade?
Guess you just couldnt live up to OUR standards..so you lived DOWN to theirs!
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I have seen the Berlin Wall and the Wall in DC. The Wall in DC is a place of Honor and Peace.

The Berlin wall was the wall of lost Freedom and what could have been.
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The wall in Berlin was a symbol of totalarism.It took a regiem(?) to put it up...& the PEOPLE to take it down.
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