Acquisitions

Decorative Fan from the Kendall Collection
Decorative fan dating to 1783 painted with images of early balloon flights, part of the newly acquired Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.

Aircraft, Spacecraft, and Other Artifacts

  • A significant collection of ballooning materials, the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection, arrived at the Udvar-Hazy Center on July 25, 2014. Consisting of over 1,000 works of art, prints, objects, books, photos, and manuscript materials documenting the history of flight from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, the collection comes to the Museum through the generosity of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The collection is being assessed and conservation treatments are being performed by Museum conservators. Through a donation from the estate, a temporary conservator has been hired to perform the conservation work. Plans to place some of the items on display are underway.

  • The capsule from which Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped to Earth in 2012 joined the permanent collection, along with his pressure suit and parachute. They are now displayed at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
  • The Museum acquired the Draganflyer X4-ES, the first public service drone to save a human life.
  • The original, flown Wide Field Planetary Camera II (WFPC 2) that was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1993 and removed during the last servicing mission in 2009, was acquired in 2014. It is now on display in the Museum in Washington, DC.

Archives

  • Aline Rhonie Papers. Aline Rhonie Hofheimer Brooks (1909 — 1963) was a pioneer aviator and artist.  This collection consists of two cubic feet of material relating to her aviation and art exploits, including her famous aviation mural, "The Pre-Lindbergh Era of Flying on Long Island." The types of material included are photographs, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, certificates, and telegrams. 
  • Harry Bingham Brown Scrapbook. Harry Bingham Brown (1883-1954) was an amateur pilot who, in 1912, set a new passenger-carrying altitude record, flying 5,000 feet high while carrying one passenger. This collection contains material about his flying exhibitions and his altitude record. Materials in this collection include one scrapbook, 24 photographs, correspondence, and his Early Birds membership certificate.
  • Juan Calvo Papers. Juan Calvo (ca. 1898-1945) was pioneering pilot who flew with Antonio Arnaiz from Manila to Madrid in 1936, making them the first Filipinos to cross the China Sea by air. Materials in this collection include scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, and articles.
  • Darrell C. Romick Papers. Darrell C. Romick (1915-2008) was a missile engineer for Goodyear during the 1950s and 1960s and one of the most significant American visionaries of space travel. This collection consists of approximately 45 cubic feet of papers, photographs, audio recordings, reports, drawings, correspondence, and film. The papers highlight his visionary space engineering, especially during his time at Goodyear.