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, A-56 Object Telegraph key, Wright 1903 flight Object Antenna, Ferro-Dynamic Loop, Model 2320-C Object Mount, Radio Receiver Object Receiver, R-27/ARC-5 Object Receiver, Radio, Navy, SE 950, NC-4 Type Object Spare part box, Radio, Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq", Lindbergh Object Nautical Miles Counter, Course Line Computer, Pictoral Display System Object Adapter, Headset. MC-385D Object Vacuum Tube, RCA, Type A-5023 Object Air Position Indicator (API) Object Receiver, Radio, German, E 10 K2 (EK-2) 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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