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People inspecting a line-up of planes during the first Women's Air Derby, Clover Field, California, 1929. - The David D. Hatfield Collection/The Museum of Flight

Please Note:

Due to a storage reorganization and shelving project we are not accepting artifact donations in-person or by mail at this time. You may submit your information, and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

We are also not able to accommodate in-person research appointments at this time, and some collections may have limited access. If you have a research question, please contact us about remote research assistance and we will do our best to help.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you.

The Museum of Flight’s collection is considered one of the best air and space museum collections in the world. It includes over 150 aircraft, over 25,000 small objects (classified as anything smaller than an aircraft), over 90,000 books and periodicals, over 18,000 aircraft manuals and other technical documents, and nearly 5,000 cubic feet of archival materials, including over a million images.

We have a number of online resources available to explore our collection materials. For library materials, including books, periodicals and manuals, see our Library Catalog. For archival materials, such as historical documents, photographs, technical drawings, personal papers, and printed ephemera, see our Archives Research Portal. For digitized materials, see our Digital Collections website. We offer both in-person and remote research assistance via our Research Center

If you’re interested in donating materials or artifacts to the collection, please see our Donation page.

Objects & Artifacts

Objects & Artifacts

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Access finding aids and see examples from select collections.

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Dahlberg Reading Room at The Museum of Flight

Research Center

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Men assisting people at a ticket office, circa 1920s-1930s. (The Steve A. Stimpson Photograph Album/The Museum of Flight)

Image & Research Request

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Donate an Artifact

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