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Operation Preservation

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“Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes” is your chance to play an important role in the restoration of the museum’s iconic aircraft. Because these important artifacts “live” in Heritage Park, they are subject to the ravages of the southwestern weather – and they are showing it. Currently, the B-47E Stratojet is in need of paint and other attention.

The Museum successfully restored its F-105D Thunderchief, A-7 Corsair IIB-52B Stratofortress, the B-29 Superfortress, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and another historic artifact that is not an airplane, the USS James K. Polk SSN 645 nuclear submarine sail, in the fall of 2014.

You can play a crucial part in preserving history at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History by giving today. Your support of the restoration of some of our most important artifacts will mean that museum can continue to display these iconic items as they should be, properly painted and cared for. Well-preserved aircraft on display would mean many more people will be able to appreciate the contributions of these important aircraft and remember the splendor of their service.

Not only must the museum raise a lot of financial support (our goal is $500,000 in the next few years), we must also raise some human resources! Because the planes need a lot of “hands-on” attention, we are hoping to raise a contingent of volunteers who will be assigned the actual refurbishment duties. Another way volunteers can help is to take our campaign to the community. To that end, we will establish a Speaker’s Bureau. To volunteer in any capacity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 505-245-2137, extension 122.

Summer Camp - May 29 - August 10

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp 2018 for children who are 6 to 12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in week-long sessions, May 29 - August 10. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Chemistry and Intrigue," "Science of the X-scape," "STEMinists," "Spy Kids" and many more!

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B-47E Stratojet Restoration

Help us restore New Mexico’s only Boeing B-47E Stratojet, serial number 53-2280, one of only 23 surviving B-47 airplanes in existence! This airplane will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation” – a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

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Movie Under the Wings - June 16

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for Movie Under the Wings, an amazing outdoor event featuring the blockbuster movie, “Apollo 13.” Saturday, June 16, under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark.

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