Inside half of that massive building I showed you at the end of my previous post is the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Brussels – Belgium.
Like so much of Western Europe, Belgium has a long and colourful history of battles it has fought. The Museum is set up with a timeline in the opening hall.
As you move through the displays it was impressive to see so many large pieces of machinery in the collection.
But we were drawn to the large main hall which is being used as a hanger for aeroplanes from all through the history of flight! First in the door on the right is a MiG 23.
I was very taken by the massive helicopters! This particular photo is courtesy of Himself.
But the entire space was amazing to behold, and quite humbling when you’re up next to the bigger planes!
With both massive transport carriers and tiny gliders it was evident that man will find a way to be up among the birds in whatever way he can manage it!
It s quite humbling to be in and around creations that are so large and so very powerful, it promotes a feeling of insignificance that I have found lacking from modern air travel.
It is easy to forget just how big planes have gotten when you are being shuffled from terminal, to gang plank, to cabin without really being up close and personal with just how big things have gotten.
With our weekend done, we finally felt like we have given Brussels some justice. Now we just have to plan it into our future bike rides to go back again!
What with the current migrant crisis foremost in Europe’s mind, this piece of wall art seemed a particularly apt way to sum up the feelings of lots of people in the Headquarters of the Union.
So long for now Brussels! We’ll be back soon!