The first supersonic airliner to enter service, the Concorde flew thousands of passengers across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound for over 25 years. Here it is at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

The first supersonic airliner to enter service, the Concorde flew thousands of passengers across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound for over 25 years. Here it is at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall tops many tourists’ must-see list. But for true aviation buffs, some of the most exciting exhibits in this world-class collection lie 30 miles away, in Chantilly, Va. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opened in 2003 in a massive complex built from three airplane hangars. It houses thousands of space and aviation artifacts — from the Space Shuttle Discovery to the Enola Gay bomber. The museum’s chief curator joins us to examine the collections and the restorations taking place behind the scenes.

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  • Peter Jakab Chief Curator, National Air and Space Museum

Photos: The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center

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