National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report


Photographing Models
Photographer Jason Smith prepares a model for high resolution photography before it was moved along with more than 800 models from the Museum's third floor in Washington, DC to storage at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

Altogether, the National Air and Space Museum holds 44,802 aviation artifacts, 17,022 space-related artifacts, and 4,725 works of art. It is known worldwide for this collection of rare and historically significant aircraft and spacecraft, as well as a wide variety of other artifacts such as engines, medals, trophies, instruments, equipment, models, artwork, spacesuits, uniforms, and more.

Most notable in 2015 was the tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign, "Reboot the Suit," which raised more than $700,000 for the conservation of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit and Alan Shepard's Mercury spacesuit.

The Museum's Archives contains an estimated 17,520 cubic feet of material, including two million photographs, more than 20,000 motion picture and video items, 16,000 reels of microfilm, and two million technical drawings. The archival collections are made up of photographs, manuscripts, technical drawings, documents, film, and oral histories spanning the history of flight from ancient times to the present day.

This year, the Archives received two noteworthy collections from science fiction writer and futurist, Arthur C. Clarke, and the first American woman in space, Sally K. Ride.