I have been riding the Washington Metro since it opened in 1976, and I still enjoy the experience over four decades later. When it first opened, it was like the sci-fi future of 2001: A Space Odyssey had come to life – everything was sleek, doors opened automatically, the lighting was all indirect, the trains were nearly silent in their operation, etc. All of it was very heady stuff for those days. And now? Well… I think it still looks a lot more advanced than many other subway systems around the country, but it’s had a lot of things added for functionality that detract from the original sleek design.
I don’t remember specifically where this is located, only that it was in western Wyoming somewhere. At this point, we had been driving for many hours and needed to stretch our legs, so we stopped at the end of a switchback, and did just that. I took a number of photos, but this was the best of the bunch.
One of my favorites of the early military jet age, the Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star at the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center is an immaculate and utterly gleaming exhibit example. I like the softer lines of it… they remind me of other 1950s industrial design icons – like those from Raymond Loewy, the industrial designer for the famous Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, the Pennsylvania Railroad S1 steam locomotive, the current Air Force One livery, and many others. Truly, the aircraft just glows in the space where they have placed it.
Photo info: Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum Chantilly, Virginia November 2018 Kodak T-Max 100 film Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH lens Leica M3 35mm film camera