America Tour, Day 8 – Visit to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio

We flew to Ohio just to visit the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, but I tell you, it’s all worth it!  One day was not enough to take in all the information about aircrafts, missiles and the history of wars that America played a part of.


Aircraft display outside the Museum

Miniature model of the first plane invented by the Wright Brothers of Dayton, Ohio


One of the planes used by Kamikaze pilots. Kamikazes are the suicide attacks by military aviators of the Japanese Empire


Captured German aircraft that served in the Luftwaffe (aerial bombing of cities) in World War 2


Codenamed the Fat Man, that yellow thing is a replica of the atomic bomb that bombed Nagasaki which ended World War 2

 


The plane that dropped the atomic bomb over Nagasaki

Considered as a national aviation treasure and widely recognized as a symbol of American bravery and heroism during World War II, the “Memphis Belle” is the first aircraft to complete 25 successful bombing missions in Europe with all of its crew-members intact.


A Soviet surface-to-air missile used in shooting down USAF aircrafts

 


Guided bombs. The one in the middle, GBU-8 Electro-Optical Guided Bomb (EOGB), was first used during the Vietnam war.
It has a composite of a 2,000 pound bomb and a Television Guidance and Control Kit.

 

And below are parts of the Exhibit honoring the Airmen who defended the Bataan Peninsula against the Japanese and who later suffered in the Bataan Death March during World War II.

America Tour, Day 5 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

From Washington DC, we flew to Atlanta (Georgia) where we were picked up from the airport by my cousin and her husband to take us to their home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It’s a 2.5 hours drive to Chattanooga and boy, the traffic was bumper to bumper.

The evidence of Atlanta being the site of the Olympic Games in 1996 just sits along the highway.  

Atlanta is eternally proud of its sporting past

Atlanta’s skyrise

Whoah, for the first time I am seeing a real State Trooper!  (This is no TV and nor movie image.)

  Chattanooga National Cemetery

 

Houses by the Chattanooga lake

I am having a fascination in photographing plate numbers!

Another banner that caught our attention is this.  Google headquarters is relocating to Bridgeport, Tennessee!

A flowered cemetery – interesting!

America Tour, Day 4 – Washington DC

 

Must be a pre-wedding photoshoot for these lovers at the foot of Capitol Hill

 Dome of the Capitol building covered with scaffolding

 

Jefferson Memorial

Pentagon City

America’s most-loved president, Franklin D Roosevelt designed his own wheelchair.
With the aid of reporters and photographers, he managed to keep his disability secret to the world.

Guess which building is that!

The White House up close

Abraham Lincoln Memorial

Statue infront of Capitol Hill

Washington DC Public Library

 

Lincoln Memorial

The Pentagon Building

Statue at the Korean War Memorial

Washington Memorial

You can sit at Albert Einstein’s lap at the National Academy of Sciences

The Great Depression bread line at the Roosevelt Memorial

Steps of the Capitol Building

Where US dollar bills are printed

There are three airports around Washington DC so its skies are busy with flying aircraft every few minutes…

Skyline of Arlington, Virginia as seen from Washington DC

Encounter with a squirrel

Arlington Cemetery. Located in Virginia but only across the Potomac river from DC..

Tour America, Day 3 – Off to Washington DC

Security police at a train station we passed by

Taking an American legend, the Amtrak.
From New York, it only takes 3.5 hours to reach Washington DC crossing through New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

The grandiose interior of Union Station (1907) – Washington DC’s main train terminal.

You can put your best foot forward at the most-talked about Union Station Shoe Shine.

Union Station’s front arcade – I thought I was in Italy!

Washington DC Post Office’s engraved verse about the men and women of the postal service.

Ladies on a night out

We noticed a proliferation of security people in the city, wearing different outfits according to the agency they come from.

 

Did I tell you that there’s a lot of Kim Kardashians here?

Chinatown district

National Portrait Gallery

a very cool restaurant menu….

Tour America, Day 2 – New York & Statue of Liberty

View from our hotel window. We are in the Flower District and the entire road is continuously busy with flower shoppers

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the boat

The cupcake shop made famous by Carrie in Sex and the City

The New York Police seems to be very busy all the time

No sitting on the fire hydrant

The tow truck on duty

Seeing these New York fire escape stairs remind me of the movie, Pretty Woman,
when Richard Gerre climbed them up to reach Julia Roberts from her apartment window…
how romantic!


Central Park


What I like about New York is — it has some European feel in it


Kingkong is long gone but the Empire State Building still stands

No glass, no saucer to put this slice of lemon when I’m finished sucking it….
so could you tell me please what is the proper way of drinking this beer?
Do I down it with the lemon at the same time or…?


Wanted to try the New York strip steak grill and I love it! But why do I have to cut it with a kitchen knife? (too big!)