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Category Archives: Restoration

Missing Something?

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Most of us have a “junk drawer” that contains, among other oddments, stray keys.  Restoration specialists working on the Douglas World Cruiser “Chicago” recently found two such strays in the aircraft: Since the “church key” (can opener) was found on top of the engine, it was probably used to open oil cans rather than refreshments   …Continue Reading


X-Ray Analysis of the Starship Enterprise

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When the National Air and Space Museum opened in 1976, the production model of the Starship Enterprise was prominently and dramatically displayed hanging at the entrance of “Life in the Universe” gallery. Later, when that gallery closed, and the starship was moved to several other locations within the museum.   Though these were dramatic displays, hanging   …Continue Reading


The Donor Making The Difference: The Eagle Is Being Restored

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Even in their retirement at the National Air and Space Museum, the Apollo-era artifacts lead busy lives and are counted amongst the Museum’s most popular objects, as Gar Schulin can attest to. Throughout his life, Gar has put on many “helmets” at the Museum, having been a docent, researcher, and now, a supporter as he   …Continue Reading


What We're Working on in the Restoration Shop (Part 2)

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In addition to the high-priority Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight aircraft being refurbished at the Garber Facility (described previously), we have a number of other projects progressing at a slower pace: The item to notice in this picture is not the engine, but the stand behind it. Volunteer Maurice Goodwin is working on a long-term project   …Continue Reading


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