Airplane in the Smithsonian

If you’ve ever been to the National Air and Space Museum, chances are you’ve wondered – how does the Smithsonian get a plane in the building?

(Well, maybe you have wondered this, or maybe you haven’t.) We have been wondering and we asked them!

Here’s what the Collections Department, from the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space, had to say:

“The west end of the [NASM] building downtown (where the drones hang) is a glass door wall that opens like a typical glass door going out to someone’s backyard. It allows us to get certain large objects in and equipment as well.

So the answer to the question is simple although the act is not. The way we really get artifacts in the building, large ones that don’t fit through the door, is to take them apart and then reassemble them inside.”

Take it apart and put it back to together. That sounds simple. But it can’t be that simple.

Good thing we’ve got this video to show us how much manpower, cranes, cables, engineering, and precision it takes for a truly Herculean move. Check it out!

Thanks for the intel, Smithsonian!

In 2018, WorldStrides became the approved domestic educational travel provider of the Smithsonian. This blog is part of a series, “Hey Smithsonian!” where we ask our friends at the venerable institution questions that dig deeper into this special place and all it has to offer!

Article written by Andy Pillifant

Andy Pillifant
As a senior writer, Andy is one of the voices of WorldStrides. A linguistic chameleon, he writes about, well, everything, Favorite topics are culture, human nature, and soccer (which is about culture and human nature, don't you think?). He loves camping, hats, his wife and three sons.

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