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Preserving and Displaying the “Bat-Wing Ship” – March Update

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Waiting for an update on the conservation and restoration of our Horten H IX V3 “Bat-wing Ship?” Here’s the latest! Our conservation staff, in collaboration with curator Russ Lee, is working with the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) to figure out the materials and technologies used to craft the Horten H IX V3.  For example,   …Continue Reading


That’s One Small Step. . .

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These suits have come a long way. True, it’s only 37 miles from Suitland, Maryland to Chantilly, VA. On a good day, that’s less than an hour’s drive on the beltway. But today, like 42 years ago, these suits are worlds away from where they came.   On December 6th, the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong   …Continue Reading


Preserving and Displaying the “Bat-Wing Ship” – August Update

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This post is a follow up to Preserving and Displaying the “Bat-Wing Ship” published on June 24, 2011. The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Conservators and National Air and Space Museum staff spent July and August continuing to investigate the Horten H IX V3 jet fighter for preservation and preparation for display.  Senior Conservator Melvin Wachowiak   …Continue Reading


Preserving and Displaying the “Bat-Wing Ship”

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Early in June, staff of the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility slowly and carefully moved the center section of the Horten H IX V3 all-wing jet fighter from storage into the restoration and preservation shop.  This is a significant event because many people have clamored for decades to see the H IX.    …Continue Reading


Getting “Enterprise” Ready for Prime Time

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Early on the morning of March 1, 2004, a small band of preservation specialists consisting of Anne McCombs, Steve Kautner, and Ed Mautner walked into the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  There was but a single artifact in that huge hangar — OV-101, Space Shuttle Test Vehicle, Enterprise.  The hangar was   …Continue Reading