28 November 2015

Paris Trip 9

This is my last blog entry for our Paris trip. We left the next day, October 1, for our home in Colorado. This is our last full day in Paris!

We began with a visit to the Museum of Air and Space. It's a ways out, towards Charles De Gaulle Airport. We took the RER B and then a bus to get there. The Air and Space Museum has relics of early flight all the way up to jets and space travel.

This hot air balloon went up and down – if you look closely, you can see a gap between the bottom of the balloon and the platform. We watched as it went up about 15 feet.

20151126-airspacemuseum-410b.jpg

Here is a dummy in an early attempt at flying.

20151126-airspacemuseum-413b.jpg

Feather-type wings.

20151126-airspacemuseum-416b.jpg

More examples.

20151126-airspacemuseum-420b.jpg

20151126-airspacemuseum-426b.jpg

In WWI, balloons carried men in baskets high enough to see where the enemy was. The contraption was towed behind a military vehicle.

20151128-airspacemuseum-440b.jpg

A WWI plane.

20151128-airspacemuseum-452b.jpg

Next we moved to a room of rockets and early spacecraft.

20151128-airspacemuseum-454b.jpg

20151128-airspacemuseum-456b.jpg

We walked outside to see jets in the open air and other aircraft in hangars.

20151128-airspacemuseum-470b.jpg

WWII aircraft: "Buzz Buggy" and a Japanese Zero.

20151128-airspacemuseum-471b.jpg

Look how the wings fold up on this plane:

20151128-airspacemuseum-473b.jpg

On the tarmac, rockets behind retired planes.

20151128-airspacemuseum-476b.jpg

I was amazed at the many different types of helicopters in this room at the museum.

20151128-airspacemuseum-487b.jpg

20151128-airspacemuseum-494b.jpg

20151128-airspacemuseum-496b.jpg

Star of the museum: the Concorde. Gazing at this sleek plane, I would love to have flown in it.

20151128-airspacemuseum-479b.jpg

But alas, tomorrow we look forward to a slow flight back to Denver. We still have a few hours in Paris though. We visit a wine museum – it was disappointing, but watching a Fuji guy con the sommelier was amusing. We end our tour with a quiet one hour cruise on the Seine.

Bye Paris. We had a great time!



Comments

No comments yet

Add Comment

This item is closed, it's not possible to add new comments to it or to vote on it