Friday, November 25, 2016

I did it!!!

I climbed to the top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse. I don't think Tom thought I was going to make it. *lol* Beautiful view from up top.
Chris! Check this out, it is a civil engineering landmark.

Looking up from on the stairs.

Originally the sand dune was up to the level of the bottom of the door. They are raising money to restore it.

First landing.

A view up at the ceiling.

Tom and I at the top.

Surprise trip to Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Duck NC

One morning, as I was lazily finishing breakfast, Tom told me to get ready and that we were going for a ride. He wouldn't tell me what his plans were. What a great surprise! We went to see the Wright Memorial.

This boulder marks the spot where the first flight started.

The white marker on the right in this photo shows how far the first flight was off the ground.

The marker way down by the brush is where the "official" flight ended.

The dune they used when practicing with gliders.

Had to add this as we don't see signs like this at home.

The visitor center is currently closed for remodeling. It will reopen in 2018.

Our amazing tour guide, Jessica Filson. No one else showed up for the tour so we had her all to ourselves. We were extra thrilled when we discovered she is a Mansfield University graduate!

A shot we will send to the Alumni Association.

The Military Aviation Museum

While out driving on Veteran's Day, we passed the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. We HAD to stop and we are sure glad we did. This was an excellent museum that had us exclaiming and dropping our jaws all day.

Entry way and their dolphin. I thought the gull wings on the dolphin were very clever.

Once you pay your admission, you are greeted by a docent and an upside-down Sopwith Pup, complete with pilot and streaming scarf.
 There were so many planes to see! We are posting a few of our favorites. We took many, many more photos than we are posting. Let us bore you with them when we see you. *w*

We got to watch them prepare this plane for a flight, including watching the fueling. It was so cool to see it taxi down the grass runway and take off.
The old girl sure smokes when she is started.

A tower that they bought in the UK, tore down, labeled and reassembled in Virginia.

They actually work on planes and get them ready to fly. Almost everything we saw can be flown.
They even have a resident cat that followed us on the tour.
This hanger was originally built in Germany. They bought it, tore it down and moved it to VA to be reassembled. They had to put a new skin on it because it had sat for so long abandoned. The steel structure and doors are original. It came from Cottbus, Germany.

Original bullet holes in the doors that were put there in WWII

This was a short train track to show how they moved the bombs to the aircraft because they were to heavy.

We ended our tour looking at an Enigma machine that was used by the Germans to create coded messages.

USS Wisconsin and Nauticus

Nauticus is a museum at the port in Norfolk about the port. It also is the home of the battleship, USS Wisconsin. We really enjoyed our trip there.

The story of how Norfolk Southern works with the shipping industry. I though Sam would like to show this to Lacy.

More on trains.

Tom checking out the display of model railroad engines.

Me in front of a ship bow.

The USS Wisconsin in all of her glory.

Looking toward the bow.

Tom and I in front of the big guns

Looking over the side at an anchor

That's a lot of ship

Oh my! Me in all my glory.

Looking up at a Blue Angel jet. I looked so tiny compared to the ship.