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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321 result(s) Octave Chanute Collection Avery Archival Record Aerial Navigation Company of America Collection Archival Record 509th Composite Group Color Slides and Correspondence Eidnes Archival Record Lawrance Aero-Engine Corporation Collection Archival Record Albert F. Hegenberger Collection Archival Record Wright 1903 Flyer "Operation Homecoming" Scrapbook Archival Record CAA/FAA Aircraft Registration Files Celebrity Aircraft Archival Record Wallace McCrane World War I Collection Archival Record Elbert W. Proctor Collection Archival Record Carl T. Batts Collection Archival Record J. C. B. Tinling/Power Jets, Inc. Collection Archival Record Emile and Henry A. Berliner 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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