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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495 result(s) Antenna Relay Unit, Navy, Type CW-23049, GF-11 Object 140 Mbit/s Coder/Decoder Rack, Ground Equipment, Communications Satellite Object Weight, Antenna, Trailing Wire Object Compass, Radio, Type 1-81-A Object Transmitter, Radio Object Telegraph Key "Bug", Vibroplex Object indicator, Radio Compass Object Control Box, Radio, British, Type 3 Object Tuning Coil, Radio, Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq", Lindbergh Object Display Unit, Course Line Computer, Pictoral Display System Object Receiver, Radio, Navy, SE 1414 Object Channel Selector, Navy Object
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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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