The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will display an X-wing Starfighterin the newly renovated building on the National Mall starting late next year. The full-sized vehicle, with a wingspan of 37 feet, appeared inStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerand is on long-term loan from Lucasfilm.It will undergo conservation in the Restoration Hangar at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, work that will be visible to the public when the center reopens May 5.

A Star Wars X-Wing Fighter is being constructed and conserved in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. May 3, 2021. (Smithsonian photo by Jim Preston) [20210403 JP-0012] [NASM2021-01598] Credit: Jim Preston / Smithsonian

“Despite taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,Star Warsintroduced generations of fans here on Earth to outer space as a setting for adventure and exploration,” said Margaret Weitekamp, space history chair at the museum. “All air and space milestones begin with inspiration, and science fiction so often provides that spark—the iconic X-wing displayed amid our other spacecraft celebrates the journey from imagination to achievement.”

Designed forStar Wars: A New Hopein 1977, X-wings take their name from the distinctive shape of their strike foils when in attack position. Artists at Industrial Light & Magic depicted X-wings and other vehicles using miniatures as well as full-size vehicles and cockpits, combined with visual effects. This will be the firstStar Warsmovie prop on long-term display at the museum since theStar Wars:Myth of Magicexhibit in 1997.

The X-wing Starfighter will be displayed outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium beginning in 2022. For more information about how the museum is transforming all of its exhibitions and revitalizing its Mall building, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/reimagining-air-and-space.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. It is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking.


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