Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thousands attend Festival

The Museum's Vietnam-era Huey got a lot of attention.

Ground crew salutes the Blue Angels as they leave for the show over Fort McHenry.
The F-35 thrilled the crowd with its flyovers when it returned from the show.

The Museum's A-7 was at the center of the show grounds.

Thousands enjoyed spectacular Fall weather to attend the  Maryland Fleet Week Air Show  at Martin State Airport the weekend of October 15/16. Several aircraft participated in the air show besides the Blue Angels. Visitors at the airport could see a number of aircraft up close, including the museum's Huey, T-33, F-4 and A7.

There was plenty of food and vendors to satisfy everyone,

The Blue Angels may return in two years.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The next generation

The Monday Speaker Series featured a presentation by Massimo Stiavelli, mission head of the James Webb Space Telescope. "Massimo Stiavelli is a world-renowned astrophysicist in the area of the high-redshift universe, which JWST is specifically designed to probe," according to the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Massimo detailed some of the areas where the Webb will be focused. Scheduled launch is October 218. A European Space AgencyAriane rocket will lift the telescope into a location about a million miles from Earth.  An appropriate U.S. rocket would not have been ready and tested in time for the planned liftoff. Although the Webb is bigger than Hubble, its mass is less because of developments in new materials and  systems.  The Webb telescope's mirror is 6.5 meters, almost three times the 2.5 meter mirror on the Hubble. The maximum size of the mirror was dictated by the launch vehicle's limit.  

Thanks again to Lockheed Martin for use of its auditorium.

A look at history

Docent Bill Haugen explains the special tiles on the shuttle. A busload of aviation enthusiasts enjoyed the day November 8 at the Smiths...