Visiting an old friend for Become a Pilot Day 2014

This Friday, my wife and I leave for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, VA. We’re attending a social media meetup for Become A Pilot Day.

Here’s what is planned, according to the NASM social media folks:

This is our 10th annual Become A Pilot Day and the 4th social media gathering in conjunction with the event.  Your Pilot Day Social activities will start early in the morning with a FOD (Foreign Object Debris) walk and a chance to watch aircraft as they arrive before the public event. You’ll also meet museum experts, pilots and guests, get a Docent-led tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center, and connect with fellow aviation and space enthusiasts who are active on social media.

This will be our first visit to Udvar. In addition to the SR-71 Blackbird, the Enola Gay, the Concorde, I’m looking forward to seeing an old friend:


Discovery being made safe for her eventual display in Udvar. Take in 2011 during a NASA social for the Juno space probe launch.


It will be nice to see how she is being displayed. Follow our adventures on Twitter and Instagram. Albums will be posted on Flickr.

On social media, the hashtag will be #PilotDay14.




By Scott Davis

Former newspaper journalist, now government webmaster. Life-long geek.