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A history of the acquistion of artifacts housed by the National Air and Space Museum. The main focus of the article is the vast collection of WW II planes that were initially stored by the Army Air Forces at the Orchard Place Airport outside of Chicago and moved to Suitland, Maryland during the outbreak of the Korean War to provide space for war production. The article describes the deterioration of these planes in storage and the resulting pleas by Senator Barry Goldwater to Congress for creation of a National Air and Space Museum to preserve these rare artifacts.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • United States Congress
  • Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility
  • World War I Aviation Gallery (NASM)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Aviation Heritage Vol. 2, 5 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 1992


  • Acquisitions
  • Airplanes
  • Planned Museums
  • Antiquities
  • Preservation
  • Aeronautics
  • Congressional Debates
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Restoration
  • Gifts
  • Budget
  • Silver Hill Facility (Maryland)
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Acquisitions

Physical description

pp. 30-37

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