A couple days ago I posted that the Enterprise studio model was taken away for restoration. Now the folks at TrekCore have published a great interview with Margaret Weitekamp, a curator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. She oversees the collection which includes the model built by Richard Datin. Among the news bits:
- Enterprise has been moved to the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Udvar-Hazy Center
- the model will be studied by conservators to determine its condition and how to best properly preserve it
- the model is in “good shape” for being 50 years old
- there is some concern about “the effects of gravity” over the years. (translation: nacelle droop)
- they are researching the appearance and the condition of the paint.
- they will be consulting with experts on the subject. Michael Okuda’s name comes up in interview.
- it will be displayed as part of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in the main Air and Space Museum. That display will open in 2016.
Read the interview!