As our big summer trip this year, my dad and I decided to take a six day road trip across southern California and Arizona to hit a number of museums that have been on our respective bucket lists for some time now.
Orange Empire Railway Museum, we decided to break up our drive to Blythe by stopped at the March Field Air Museum.
D-21 reconnaissance drone. The SR-71 is a very recognizable aircraft, but I had completely forgotten about it's little sister who never quite worked out. It's interesting to look at this aircraft now, and compare its capabilities to that of your typical amateur, who can now for a few hundred dollars build their own drone. No one has home-built a Mach-3 drone yet, but still, that and range are about the only major features lacking from many of the drones you see now. Makes you wonder how much farther ahead the military is now than we realize.
Like most museums, I got the feeling that with a good docent or passionate friend, this museum could be ten times as interesting. As it was, we found it a mildly interesting, but uneventful, way to take an hour leg-stretch break on our way to Arizona.