Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Collections

Conservation/Preservation

  • The Museum began moving artifacts into the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center. A few examples include the F-1 Engine, Space Shuttle main engine, Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, Horten H IX V3, Lippisch DM-1, Nakajima Kikka (Orange Blossom), and the Sikorsky JRS-1. The Convair XFY-1 Pogo is being prepared to join them.
  • Preparations began for the exchange of the space shuttles in spring 2012. This included the temporary relocation of the F1 engine, space shuttle main engine, and approximately 200 small artifacts from the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar.   
  • The Museum also began moving small objects into the new storage facility at the Udvar-Hazy Center, including the spacesuit collection, which is now in state-of-the-art storage conditions. In addition, the framed art collection was moved into storage.
  • The Conservation Unit collaborated with the Museum Conservation Institute on a Smithsonian Grand Challenges award to research the problem of degrading plastics used in small airplane models from World War II. Results of this work will be shared Smithsonian-wide.
  • The Museum was awarded two Collections Care and Preservation Fund grants in 2011 to complete condition assessment surveys and storage stabilization for objects from the small object collections and the Samuel Langley collection.  Over 2,000 objects have been examined during these projects since September 2011.
  • More than 300 objects have been assessed and given conservation treatments in preparation for the Moving Beyond Earth gallery. Concurrently, work and planning on the new Time and Navigation exhibit has been progressing.

Photo: Collections staff prepare to offload the Sikorsky JRS-1 inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.