I delivered my Ho-229 to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Got back last night after a quick trip to Washington, D.C. (actually Chantilly, VA) to deliver my 1/32 scale model of the Horten Ho-229 flying wing. Some of you have followed this build last year on my Blog. I contacted the museum last May because I thought they could really use my model to complement the current Ho-229 exhibit. I knew it was a long shot, but after seeing photos of my model, they agreed to take it. The only thing was it had to be approved by a committee or two and then needed to receive the approval of the Museum's director. Well, all that came through in March of this year and so we made arrangements for me to fly out there to deilver it.
Every one there was very appreciative of the donation and I signed over ownership of it on Thursday morning, after which I got a personalized tour of the restoration shop. That turned out to be a fantastic experience. The photos below show some of the highlights from the tour. Afterwards, I walked through the museum and talked to several of the very knowledgeble docents who volunteer there. One fellow happened to be from a retired nurse-anesthetist from Oregon.
I learned quite a bit about the horten, but what I didn't realize was that it was never painted by the Germans. It was bare plywood when it was captured and painted by the US after it was shipped stateside. It was left outside and rotted over the course of many decades. My model depicts a US-painted/bare wood version of events.
The model will be part of the permanent display, but won't go in until a case is procured. A new case will cost between $7, 000 and $10,000 so I guess my model is pretty special.
More to come....