Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – Part 3: Restoring the glory or how the planes end up in museum (Summer 2015)

This post is a final one from my visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The beautiful planes which you can see in the museums did not just happen to be waiting to be placed on the display. In many cases, they came to the museum from smaller collections and required serious repairs and restorations. In some cases, they were discovered by aviation enthusiasts in forgotten airfields or found in the thick jungles of Pacific.

The place where the planes get back their “full glory” is Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Here during a painstaking process, countless hours of a slow process, the new life will be given to the old planes!

Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar
Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

Here the specialists from the Udvar-Hazy Center can work on restoring the planes with attention to smallest detail. As you can see the hangar is huge and allows the specialists

Restoring of Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder
Restoring of Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder “Flak-Bait” at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

to disassemble the aircraft and work on making it “like new.” Some of the planes are beeing completely rebuild, including all parts of their fuselage, electrical components and engines and become air-worthy again – yes, they can fly again!

Currently, in the restoration hangar, you can see few planes from WW II during various stages of restoration.

One of them is the American Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder.

Restoring of Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder
Restoring of Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder “Flak-Bait” at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

The other one is the WW II German Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229. This one is again the only one remaining Ho 229 in the entire world! I cannot wait to see it on display!

Restoring of the German Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229 at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar
Restoring of the German Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229 at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar
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