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Smithsonian Channel Films Artifact Moves

North American F-100 Super Sabre Move
Producer of Planes, Cranes and Rockets, Martha Conboy, films Museum specialists John Shatz (foreground) and Anthony Wallace as they remove red safety flags from the North American F-100 Super Sabre after it was moved into the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.

The Smithsonian Channel spent about two months filming the move of museum artifacts from the Paul E. Garber Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The resulting program — Planes, Cranes and Rockets — is scheduled to air in April 2014.

One of the featured artifacts in the program is the North American F-100 Super Sabre, which was moved piece by piece. The fuselage, for example, made the 40-mile drive in the Museum's tractor trailer during the day, while the wings were transported at night with a police escort due to their size. Staff members of the Collections Processing Unit are responsible for transporting all museum artifacts, and their skill and dedication are prominently featured in the film. The program will show viewers the care taken to protect National Air and Space Museum treasures and shine a light on the trained professionals who make up the Collections Department.

The Super Sabre is now reassembled and on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center.