The Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center opened at Dulles Airport in December of 2003. It provides additional space for the Smithsonian Institution to display thousands of aviation and space artifacts that could not be exhibited at its National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.
The downtown center and the Udvar-Hazy Center together showcase one of the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.
A centerpiece of the building is the Boeing Aviation Hangar which permits visitors to see exhibits from three different levels. Visitors can walk among airplanes on the bottom floor, and view other planes hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks.
The James S. McDonnell Space Hangar opened in November of 2004, and displays hundreds of famous spacecraft, rockets, satellites and space-related small artifacts, including a space shuttle.
Also included in the building complex is the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower which provides an excellent location from which visitors can watch air traffic at Dulles Airport. Access to the tower is via elevator.
The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX Theater, flight simulators, food service, and a museum store.
B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay", on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center (staff photo)
The collection of aviation and space artifacts is extensive. Shown below is but a quick list of highlights of the collection:
Udvar-Hazy is located on the south end of Dulles Airport, at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, in Chantilly, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. (see map below)
Admission to the Center is free, but there is a charge for parking. Phone 703.572.4118 for opening hours and other information.
Here is a sampling of the photographs the Airplanes Online Staff took at Udvar-Hazy during our recent trip to the facility.
Boeing Aviation Hangar at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center (staff photo)
B-29 Enola Gay (Serial Number 44-86292) at the Udvar-Hazy Center
In July of 1946, it was flown to Davis-Monthan AFB where it could be preserved, and title was transferred from the Air Force to the Smithsonian Institution.
Restoration began in December, 1984, and the Enola Gay was put on display at Udvar-Hazy in 2003.
B-29 Enola Gay at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution
B-29 Enola Gay at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Boeing Dash-80, the 707 prototype, at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Pan American Airways Clipper Flying Cloud
Air France Concorde Supersonic Transport
USAF Lockheed Constellation
Space Shuttle Enterprise ... now replaced by the Discovery
SR-71 Blackbird at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Federal Express FedEx Jet "Wendy"
The map below shows the location of the Udvar-Hazy Center in suburban Washington, D.C. It is physically located at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151. Phone 703.572.4118.
For more information and operating hours, we recommend a visit to the website of Udvar-Hazy