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Nov 26, 2021 18:22:43   #
Hank B Loc: Pa
The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is scheduled to close its doors to the public on March 28, 2022, due to ongoing renovations.

The construction work that started at the end of 2018 will now take place on the first new galleries in the west wing of the building. It is expected to be finalized in the fall of 2022.

Nov 26, 2021 20:46:22   #
rodbarr Loc: Maryland
In general you probably won't need more than the 85 mm, except at Udvar Hazy, the part of Air and Space that is located near Dulles airport. I was just at Air and Space on the Mall today and the photography ops there are now very limited, with most of the aircraft removed, the exhibit space greatly reduced and now rather cramped, with the renovation program now underway, and the museum slated to close for an extended period in March 2022. If you are interested in photographing aircraft and space craft you need to go to Udvar Hazy, where there are great photo ops, about a 45 minute (non rush hour) drive from downtown DC, via the toll road.

Nov 26, 2021 22:23:09   #
OleMe Loc: Montgomery Co., MD
I do not see q real need for telephoto.

Beware: The National Air and Space Museum’s building on the National Mall will temporarily close to the public March 28, 2022 until fall. That's for the museum in the capital mall. The one near Dulles airport is terrific and remains open. It's adjscent tomyhe airport.

Nov 26, 2021 22:37:34   #
Amielee Loc: Eastern Washington State
EddieE wrote:
Planning on a trip to Washington DC and will be hitting some of the Smithsonian Museums (Flight, Space, and Natural History for sure), and I really want to take only one lens so I don't have to mess with carrying a lot of gear. I usually carry around my 28-300, but I also have a 24-85. Nikon D750, so I can crop if necessary, but do I need the extra reach?

Air and Space Museum will be closed for 6 months after March 2022 for renovations. Parts of it are closed now. If you are aviation employed ask to see the Garber Center in Maryland. That is where they do the restorations.

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