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I was surprised by the Chicago Museum Of Science and Industry. We have a MOSI here in Tampa Bay too, and quite frankly it is not very impressive, being mostly oriented towards kinetic displays for children. I was afraid that the Chicago MOSI would be the same way, but I had heard of the U-505 German submarine on display there, and figured that at least would be worth seeing.

And when I got there, I was pleasantly surprised. The aviation display was impressive, and the space technology display was equally fine. I had originally planned on visiting for just a few hours to see the submarine. Instead, I spent the whole day.


The Transportation Gallery


Boeing 727.


Boeing 727 cockpit


Stuka dive bomber, captured in North Africa.


Spitfire Mark I, from the Battle of Britain.


Curtiss Jenny, in barnstormer configuration with wing walker


Texaco Model R air racer, 1930


Boeing 40B airmail carrier


Captured WW2 German U-boat U-505


U-505 torpedo




Aurora 7 Mercury spaceship, 1962


Apollo 8 spaceship, 1968


Costumes from "Star Trek" movies and TV series


Tsunami-detection buoy


The jet car "Spirit of America", which broke the land speed record in 1963


Locomotive "Empire State Express 999", the first train to break 100 miles per hour.


"The Exploded Human". Plasticized human body


A genetically-modified frog (barely visible under the rocks). Its eyes glow green because it has had a gene from a jellyfish inserted into its DNA


Conestoga wagon used by pioneers


Western stagecoach


1904 Ford Model T


Race car from the 1920's


Lotus Formula One race car


Solar powered race car

Originally posted to Shutterbugs on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:22 AM PST.

Also republished by Kossack Air Force, SciTech, and History for Kossacks.

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