A new wing is under construction at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Phase Two, as it is known, will be devoted to the care and preservation of the Museum's unparalleled collection of historic aircraft, spacecraft, artifacts, and archival materials.
When completed in 2011, Phase Two will improve the Museum's ability to collect and preserve our nation's aviation and space history.
One exciting aspect of the plan is the glassed-in mezzanine where visitors will be able to watch restorations in progress in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.
The building will also house expanded, state-of-the-art facilities for the Archives, a collections processing unit, the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory, and storage facilities.
Complete details about Phase Two, including an introductory video, can be found on the web.
The Museum is still raising funds to complete the new wing. Making a donation will help ensure that the Museum's historic collections will be well-cared for and preserved for generations to come.
For more information on making a donation, call 202-633-2600. Or donate now online.
Photo: At the end of 2009, a team of volunteers completed work on the Curtiss Wright Junior, the last restoration performed entirely at the Paul E. Garber Restoration, Preservation and Storage Facility. Future restorations will be performed at the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center when it is completed in 2011.