The National Air and Space Museum holds in trust over 60,000 artifacts and more than 20,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Historic aircraft and space artifacts, such as the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, highlight the National Collection.

Thousands of additional artifacts—including engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons, artwork, documents, manuscripts, and photographs—document the richness of the history of flight. A wide variety of these artifacts are on display at the Museum in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.


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20 result(s) Lieutenant Earle Nichols World War I Photograph Collection Archival Record Joseph D. Mountain Collection Archival Record 2nd Observation Unit Photography, Philippines Tweedy Archival Record United States Army Air Corps Newfoundland Films Archival Record Edward J. Steichen World War II Navy Photographs Collection Archival Record 31st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Smith) Collection Archival Record Michael Webb Aircraft and Cockpit Photograph Collection Archival Record Fairchild KS-25 High Acuity Camera System Collection Archival Record Virgil Kauffman/Aero Service Corporation Collection Archival Record Major Leland W. Miller Scrapbook Archival Record Hans Groenhoff Photographic Collection Archival Record United States Army Aerial Mapping Collection Archival Record
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Our collections specialists actively work on the conservation, preservation, restoration, and long-term care of the objects in our collection. From full-scale restoration projects to applying preservation techniques and doing regular assessments, these activities form a crucial part of our stewardship of the National Collection.

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