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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.

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The Transportation Gallery

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Boeing 727.

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Boeing 727 cockpit

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Stuka dive bomber, captured in North Africa.

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Spitfire Mark I, from the Battle of Britain.

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Curtiss Jenny, in barnstormer configuration with wing walker

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Texaco Model R air racer, 1930

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Boeing 40B airmail carrier

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Captured WW2 German U-boat U-505

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U-505 torpedo

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U-505

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Aurora 7 Mercury spaceship, 1962

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Apollo 8 spaceship, 1968

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Costumes from "Star Trek" movies and TV series

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Tsunami-detection buoy

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

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

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"The Exploded Human". Plasticized human body

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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

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Conestoga wagon used by pioneers

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Western stagecoach

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1904 Ford Model T

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Race car from the 1920's

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Lotus Formula One race car

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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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