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) Regional Aviation Assistance Group Reports Posey Archival Record Ralph Stanton Barnaby Papers Archival Record Andrew G. Haley Papers Archival Record Amelia Earhart Letter to Joel Schaffer Archival Record William J. Hammer Collection Archival Record Malcolm D. Ross Papers Archival Record Clement Melville Keys Papers Archival Record Stephen Balzer Correspondence Archival Record Glenn L. Martin Nebraska Company Scrapbooks (Brown Collection) Archival Record Pan American Airways (Pan Am) (USA) Foreign Air Mail (FAM 18) First Transatlantic Scheduled Airmail Flight Flown Letter Archival Record Goodyear ZPG-3W Collection Archival Record Edward Lee Tilton, III 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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