About the Photo Archives:
The Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum
holds two million images in various photographic formats. These collections
cover the breadth and depth of the history of aviation and space flight.
For example we have glass plate negatives of early Wright Brothers flights,
photography of Apollo astronauts, detailed shots of aircraft components,
and images of the October 2000 ground breaking of the new Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy
Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.
Only a small percentage of the images in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum Archives have been digitized; please see the Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS) catalogue to view the images that are currently online. Copies of online images can be ordered directly from Smithsonian Institution Archives Photographic Services (SIA-PS) using the “Local Number” as an image reference number; Please order digital image files and copy photographs with SIA’s order form (PDF format, 86k).
To enquire about the National Air and Space Museum Archives images which have not yet been made available online, please submit a research request to us with our email contact form.
Permission to Publish all Museum imagery must be obtained
prior to reproducing our material in any form. Please consult our Obtaining
Permission to Publish National Air and Space Museum Photographs page for details.
Online Photo Exhibitions / Highlighted Photo Collections
Photographs in the Technical