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Monthly Archives: June 2009

What We’re Working On In the Restoration Shop (Part One)

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The high-priority project these days is the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight gallery update, and several of the aircraft planned for the gallery are at the Garber Facility for cleaning, repairs, and preparation for hanging.  Let’s take a quick look: Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 being prepared for shipment.  The team was careful to avoid resetting   …Continue Reading


Shooting the Beach

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May 6th, 1944 – one month to the day before D-Day – German troops scatter for safety as Lt. Albert Lanker of the 31st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron flies fast and very low over the beach in “Outlaw”, his F-5 Lightning (a variant of the Lockheed P-38 fighter). Lanker’s job was to photograph the beach obstructions   …Continue Reading


Restoration of the Starship Enterprise

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The original studio model of the Starship Enterprise used in the television series “Star Trek” came to the Smithsonian Institution thirty-five years ago, donated by Paramount Studios in 1974. When the television show ended in 1969, the starship had been crated and stored at the studios.  Over time, heat, cold, humidity and other elements had taken a toll on the structure,   …Continue Reading


Selecting the Astroland Star

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A Smithsonian Institution curator whom I greatly admire once said that collecting objects for a museum is a bit like standing next to a river with a bucket.  The curator’s task is to gather examples that explain what is important about something (in this analogy, a river), but the curator can only take what fits   …Continue Reading