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San Diego Air…

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)

…& Space (& Star Trek) Museum.

Miss T and I routinely visit Southern California (we have family there, after all) and are well acquainted with the weather, and the beaches, and the Mexican food. One thing that we don’t associate with SoCal, though, is Star Trek. Being set primarily in space, I can’t think of any earthly locale that actually corresponds to Star Trek. Hollywood, maybe, but definitely not San Diego.

Enterprise bridge

Two weeks ago Miss T and I stopped by the San Diego Air & Space Museum to take a gander at Star Trek The Exhibition. As it says on the official site, “…the exhibition features the world’s largest collection of authentic Star Trek ships, sets, costumes and props from all 5 TV series and 10 films over the last 40 years.”

There were ships, and sets, and costumes, and props. And, they were fun to look at. But, without the veneer of special effects, actors, and the TV/movie screen, Star Trek The Exhibition was a cold splash of television and movie magic reality. Up close, props are not equipment, and costumes are not uniforms.

Thankfully, you can remain safely insulated from the funky stitching on the original series’ costumes and the coarse details on the scratchbuilt movie props by viewing photos from the exhibition at maxpixpix on Picasa. The batch starts with: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A).

Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero-sen

After exiting the Star Trek exhibition back into the rest of the museum, Miss T and I strolled through the entire span of manned flight—a precursor to our future Star Trek history.

I just hope that in the future the props are a little better.

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