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Operation Preservation

“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. Three of the four airplanes (the B-52B Stratofortress, F-105D Thunderchief and A-7 Corsair II) are in need of paint and other attention. The Museum successfully restored 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.

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Click HERE for More Information on the Restoration of the Historic B-29 Superfortress

October 17-21, 2016

Celebrate all aspects of nuclear science during the 7th Annual Nuclear Science Week (NSW), October 17-21, 2016. Activities during the week are intended to build awareness of the contributions of the nuclear science industry and those who work in it every day.

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America's Road: The Journey of Route 66

Visitors will share in the history and fascination of one of the world's most famous highways, and everyone will experience stories, artifacts, music, images and interactive components that tell the story of the iconic Route 66, May 14 through September 25.

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STEaM Photography Competition

We invite you to share your photographic talent and eye for everything that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEaM). Any individual, from a professional photographer to a student with a camera phone, may submit a photograph to this competition! Now through September 16, 2016.

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Membership Camp