Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

1996 - 2026

Kirt Blattenberger
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Aircraft Engines & Rocket Motors: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Air & Space Timeline Mural, Udvar-Hazy Center - Airplanes and Rockets

After attending the funeral for my uncle Rick Blattenberger at Arlington National Cemetery (he was a decorated Army Ranger during the Vietnam era), Melanie and I drove to the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It has been nearly two decades since we last visited the NASM in Washington, D.C., so I do not know what it looks like now, but the UHC is an incredibly densely packed collection of awesome artifacts from America's aerospace endeavors.

Having another appointment meant only being able to spend about two hours there, which is nowhere near enough time to even come close to taking in all there is to offer. Other visitors must have thought I was a deranged lunatic because of my roaming at a rapid pace, with my head continually rolling from trying to see everything, jaw hanging down out of amazement, drool running down my cheek from a Pavlovian response to the intellectual food all around me, and unintelligible sounds being uttered as I quickly read informational placards half out loud.

These are the aircraft engines and rocket motors that were on display at the time. Many more were there, of course. Someday, I hope to return and do a much more thorough capturing of the items, and with a much better camera.


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Allison V-1710-33 V-12 Engine

V-2 Rocket Turbopump - Airplanes and Rockets
V-2 Rocket Turbopump Placard - Airplanes and Rockets
V-2 Rocket Turbopump

Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. R-985 Radial Engine - Airplanes & RocketsPratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. R-985-AN-14B
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Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. R-985-AN-14B Placard - Airplanes and Rockets

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Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp
Allison T56-A1 - Airplanes and Rockets
Allison T56-A1 PLacard - Airplanes and Rockets
Allison T56-A1

Wright Cyclone GR-3350 - Airplanes and Rockets
Wright Cyclone Radial Engine
Wright Cyclone GR-3350 Placard - Airplanes and Rockets
Wright Cyclone GR-3350

V-2 Rocket Combustion Chamber - Airplanes and Rockets
V-2 Rocket Combustion Chamber Placard - Airplanes and Rockets
V-2 Rocket Combustion Chamber
Packard Merlin V-1650-7 Engine - Airplanes and Rockets
Packard Merlin V-1650-7 Engine

Le Rhone Model J Radial - Airplanes and Rockets
Le Rhone Model J Radial Engine

Goddard Rocket Components - Airplanes and Rockets
Goddard Rocket Components

H-1 Rocket Engine Placard - Airplanes and Rockets
H-1 Rocket Engine

More images from the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center



Posted February 23, 2014

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