Chasing Apollo Capsules

I recently went to Dayton Ohio for the annual Hamvention. While there I always try and get in a visit to the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. I love seeing the planes and missiles, and it’s a great place to get my steps in.

This museum is home to the Apollo 15 command module capsule. That made me think, what capsules have I seen? Our friends at NASA conveniently have a list, so let’s do a check in:

Apollo 6 – Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta GA
Need it

Apollo 7 – Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas
Need it

Apollo 8 – Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois
Need It

Apollo 9 – “Gumdrop” – San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California
Need it

Apollo 10 – “Charlie Brown” – Science Museum, London, England
Visited 19-October-2022

Apollo 11 – “Columbia” – The National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Visited 11-May-2021

Apollo 12 – “Yankee Clipper” – Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Virginia
Need it

Apollo 13 – “Odyssey” – Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas
Need it

Apollo 14 – “Kitty Hawk” – Visitor’s Center, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Visited 23-February-2024 – Photo Needed

Apollo 15 – “Endeavor” – USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
Visited 16-May-2024

Apollo 16 – “Casper” – U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Visited 09-July-2020

Apollo 17 – “America” – NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Visited 21-October-2021

Apollo-Soyuz – California Science Center, Los Angeles, California
Visited Center 07-Oct-2021 but not photographed.

2021 ATL-LA-ATL Road Trip – Day 1

Atlanta to Memphis

In the original plans day 1 started a little later than 6 AM ET, but I had something timely to do on Monday afternoon so off we went. Traffic through Atlanta was great and I think that helped to get things off on the right foot.

No roadside stops on Day 1, partially because of the time crunch, but partially because there didn’t seem to be much between Atlanta and Memphis.

Graceland. I had been there once about 10 years ago, and it was alike a little street scape before you went across to see the mansion. Now it’s a much better showcase of memorabelia and I was impressed by the music hall they have added too, I think that’s a wonderful idea. I thought $75 for the mansion and museum tour was a bit high, but I understand only so many people can go through at a time.

After going through Graceland a second time, I feel it’s right to advance the theory that Elvis is a HUGE nerd. I get into this a little more on TikTok. Look at this desk above, he’s got a Radio, TV and 8-Track all in one console. I totally think RCA, his record label, helped foster the idea because he ended up with over 50 TV’s. However, what better way to sell your stuff than to have the King of Rock and Roll behind it.

Crashed for the night at the Homewood Suites in Memphis. I probably wouldn’t stay there again. It’s right off the freeway and I heard that all night, plus I was not impressed with the upkeep.

Other TikTok’s – Day 1 Recap