Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility,
located in Suitland, Md. is where the National Air and
Space Museum preserves and stores aircraft, spacecraft, and
other artifacts, and restores these artifacts to represent a specific
period in their history.
The facility is a no-frills assembly of about 32
metal buildings belonging to the National Air and Space Museum and
other Smithsonian organizations. About 19 buildings store airplanes,
spacecraft, engines, and various parts. One building is devoted
to a large restoration shop and 3 buildings are for exhibition production.
What is the history of the Facility and
who was Paul E. Garber?
The restoration workshop and collection at the Garber facility are moving
to the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The Udvar-Hazy Center is a companion facility
to the Museum in Washington, DC and enables 80% of the Museum's major artifacts to be displayed to the public. The
Udvar-Hazy Center is located near Washington Dulles International
Airport.Visitors will be
able to watch specialists restoring historic air and spacecraft in the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.
Note: Public tours of the Garber Facility ended in March of 2003.
Images of the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility: