• Aircraft Restoration

Aircraft Restoration


The Museum’s restoration facility at Paine Field in Everett, Washington is the site where thousands of volunteer hours are devoted to renovating aircraft. Each project is a labor of love, sometimes requiring several years to complete. A group of dedicated volunteers works to restore each aircraft to exhibition quality.

Every aircraft that is brought to the 23,000-square-foot facility undergoes a thorough evaluation in order to determine the nature of the work needed. A restoration team is then assembled and work begins. About fifty volunteers are working on between three and five projects at any given time.

Imagine a big garage packed full of airplanes in all states of restoration and looming over it all is the nose of a de Havilland DH.106 4C Comet poking through the specially modified hanger doors. Hammers are banging and power tools are going as the volunteer crew works hard to refurbish aircraft to original standards.

Visitors are welcome to the Restoration Center but should keep in mind that it is a working hanger. Guests can walk around the aircraft and talk to the volunteers but should take care to keep safety in mind and children should be closely monitored.


Volunteers make the restoration of these beautiful aircraft happen. If you’d like to become the member of a restoration team helping to restore one of the Museum’s amazing aircraft contact the Volunteer Department.

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Annually, the Museum acquires 2-4 new air or space craft and has ongoing restorations of an additional 12 major historical artifacts. Contributions underwrite acquisitions and support restorations.

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Visit the restoration center - address and directions here.