When in Washington, you have to visit the National Air and Space Museum. There are two locations :

- the Mall Building (on the Mall as its name indicates, just next to other Smithonian museums and galleries) with a rather small collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts but some good artifacts (including engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons, artwork, documents, manuscripts and photographs).

- the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport (see post I/IV below to see satellite image and photos of it).
There is displayed a collection of warbirds, if not the largest (Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace in Paris - Le Bourget and Imperial War Museum Duxford can compete) probably the best I have ever seen, even though other collections (Hendon RAF Museum near London, one museum in Moscow and others in the US that I don't know) might be as good as this one with more non-US aircrafts (there were only an old French WWI Caudron and some WWII Luftwaffe and Japanese fighters along with a British Hurricane.

More interestingly for my work and current job and quite unusually for a museum, Air-Air Missiles, Surface-Air Missiles, Cruise Missiles and Anti-Ballistic Missiles can be nearly touched.

Last but not least, spacecrafts are not forgotten (Gemini and Apollo capsule) and the real Entreprise space shuttle (the one that served for aerodynamic tests but never went to space and should have been called "Constitution" in memory of the USS Constitution)

35 pictures of missiles - 14 photos of aircrafts - 4 photos of satellites
(mainly of the JSF F-35)

missiles aircrafts satellites

(just follow the links or click on one of the photographs above to see them all)

To see more picture of the big and small objects in the Air & Space and the complete catalogue, have a look on the collection database

More pictures will return (next ones : Washington D.C.)