March 25, 2009
All in a Late Day's/Night's Work
The National Air and Space Museum contains some of the largest artifacts in the world, which presents many unique challenges for handling and displaying. It is up to a small group of individuals, comprised of Collections and Restoration staff, to ensure artifacts are cared for and not damaged. Carrying out these duties are neither easy or for the faint of heart as we frequently utilize heavy equipment, such as forklifts, basket and scissor lifts, cranes, etc., within inches of the artifact. Working with less than an inch is typical as well. Additionally, as the National Air and Space Museum has so many oversized artifacts in its collection, we operate our own tractor trailer to support the museum's 3 locations.