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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523 result(s) WASP Binder: Pictures of Life and Training of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots Archival Record United States Army Around the World Trip (Leslie Arnold) Collection Archival Record 1945 Air Forces Fair Photography (De Haan) Archival Record William C. McDonald Papers Archival Record Independence Air Collection Archival Record Arianespace Collection Archival Record Ross Chapple NASM Photography Archival Record Pan American Airways (Pan Am) Collection Johnstone Archival Record Edward V. Rickenbacker Microfilm Collection Archival Record Robert Foster Papers Archival Record Francis Gary Powers Collection Archival Record National Air Races Negative 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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