Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

NASM's unique Nakajima Kikka is now on display in the main hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center Features Two New Aircraft

In the damp, early morning darkness on March 15th, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum wheeled two new exhibits out onto the main display hangar’s floor at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The museum’s unique, WWII-vintage Nakajima Kikka jet fighter and the recently acquired Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard helicopter of more contemporary pedigree had, until[Read More…]

(Official United States Marine Corps photo by Kathy Reesey/Released)

Raising the Dauntless – National Museum of the Marine Corps Finishes SBD-3

Just a few days ago, on February 9th, a rare and freshly restored WWII dive bomber rose high above the ground on cables to its new display station in the atrium at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Bu.06583 is a genuine US Marine Corps example, having served with VMSB-132 in Hawaii just prior[Read More…]

Martin B-26 Marauder "Flak Bait" shown here in a recent image, will be one of the major exhibits visitors to NASM's Open House on January 30th will get to see up close and personal. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

NASM’s Restoration Center to Hold Open House – January 30th, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum will be holding their annual open house on January 30th in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors will get a closeup view of the various restoration projects currently under way, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a number of artifacts not on regular display in the[Read More…]

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, posing in his spacesuit prior to the famed Apollo XI lunar mission. NASM has just crowd-sourced the funding to preserve his space suit. (photo via Wikipedia)

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo XI Space Suit

In a bold move, reminiscent and perhaps partly influenced by the Commemorative Air Force’s own hugely successful online fundraising efforts with ‘That’s All Brother’, the National Air & Space Museum has also dipped their toes into the crowd-sourcing arena with a Kickstarter Campaign of their own. Dubbed ‘Reboot the Suit’, the campaign is aimed at funding the painstaking project currently[Read More…]

A seemingly endless row of freshly retired CH-46 Seaknights as seen at AMARG in Tucson, Arizona in March, 2014. The last of the fleet is set to retire later  this year. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

CH-46 Sea Knight Retirement Ceremony at Smithsonian

With the CH-46 Sea Knight finally bowing out of service later this year, the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum is set to receive an example on temporary loan from the United States Marine Corps at a ceremony this August. Here are the preliminary details from NASM. We will be reporting more information as it becomes available. Press Release: Chantilly,[Read More…]