We like to complain about all the things Washington, DC does wrong, but there's one thing that it gets very, very right--the Smithsonian Institution. This past week, my wife and I took two visiting friends to the National Air and Space Museum, and a splendid time was had by all. The highlight of the trip, for me, was to stand beside the retired Space Shuttle Discovery.
But the Shuttle wasn't the only magnificent flying machine on display. In fact, there was a mind-boggling collection of gliders, planes, rockets, satellites, helicopters, engines, models, and assorted detritus that just about everyone can find something to pique their interest.