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

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)
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)
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)

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 museum. Members of the highly skilled staff responsible for conserving and preserving our aviation heritage will also be on hand to talk with the public.

The Smithsonian's rare Sikorsky JRS-1 flying boat, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Horton Ho-229 will be on show for the public at the NASM's Open House on January 30th. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Smithsonian’s ultra-rare Sikorsky JRS-1 flying boat, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nakajima Kikka and Horten Ho-229 will be on show for the public at the NASM’s Open House on January 30th. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
A closer view of the Horten Ho-229. There are no immediate plans to restore the aircraft unless a sponsor with serious funding comes forward, but it is great to finally see it on view. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
A closer view of the Horten Ho-229. There are no immediate plans to restore the aircraft unless a sponsor with serious funding comes forward, but it is great to finally see it on view. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

In addition to the NASM’s exhibits on view, two of the National Museum of the Marine Corps aircraft will also be on display; the Douglas SBD Dauntless and H-34 which are just finishing up their restorations prior to moving to their main museum near Quantico, Virginia. It will be the first time that the general public will have been able to view these two important aircraft since the museum’s acquisition. The NMUSMC has been borrowing a corner of the Udvar-Hazy Center’s restoration space to complete the work on these two aircraft due to some issues which forced the temporary closure of the restoration hangar at Marine Base Quantico where they had been previously. (The National Marine Corps Museum is actually closed for upgrades at the moment, and won’t re-open until sometime in March, when the UH-34 and Dauntless will be on display in the main atrium.)

The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps' SBD Dauntless and H-34 can be seen in the distance. The H-34 was airworthy, until fairly recently, but couldn't find a buyer so the owners donated her to the Corps. She, along with the Dauntless, will soon be going on display in the main atrium of their new home. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps’ SBD Dauntless and H-34 can be seen in the distance. The H-34 was airworthy, until fairly recently, but couldn’t find a buyer so the owners donated her to the Corps. She, along with the Dauntless, will soon be going on display in the main atrium of their new home. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Another view of the Marauder from the other side. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Another view of the Marauder from the other side. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Information on the Open House:

Saturday, January 30, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: Free, Parking $15

In the case of inclement weather, this event may be canceled and will not be rescheduled. For information on the status of this event, check our NASM’s website (HERE) or call 703-572-4118.

National Air and Space Society members are invited to a hospitality suite in the Executive Board Room during the event. Visit airandspace.si.edu/membertickets to make a reservation. Not a member? Join today.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Lots of nice warbirds , but it cost lots of dollars in restorations in doin this and funds are tight… I would love to buy 4 of them there with a far better than any avg price for those 4 in there, as that would give the Museum opr money! I’m a collector of warbirds and fly them… As that’s only how people like them up flying again!

  2. I’m a NASM member and attended the Open House at Udvar-Hazy this past Saturday. The ONLY time the restoration/preservation floor is open to the public. Talked with some preservationists working on “Flak-Bait” who spent 1 1/2 years cleaning and preserving ONE of the radial engines. They’re attention to detail in preservation is UNBELIEVABLE.

    Keith

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