The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presents its latest display: a full-size X-wing fighter used in the 2019 film “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.”
The prop, which was Poe Dameron’s ship in the film, has a wingspan of 37 feet and is on long-term loan from Disney-owned Lucasfilm.
The museum shared an image of the starfighter in the restoration hangar at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where it will be on view to the public while conservation work is carried out. At the end of next year, the X-wing will move into the main museum in the National Mall, where it will be on display outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium.
“Although it took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars has presented generations of fans here on Earth in outer space as a setting for adventure and exploration.” , said Margaret Weitekamp, chair of space history at the museum, in a press release. “All air and space milestones begin with inspiration, and science fiction so often provides that spark – the iconic X-wing displayed in the middle of our other spacecraft celebrates the journey from imagination to achievement.”
The museum last displayed Star Wars artifacts and props in a 1997-1999 exhibit created by the Smithsonian titled “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth,” which toured internationally after it closed at Washington. The exhibit is still available online through a 1990s-style website.
The National Air and Space Museum also has a number of other movie props in its collection, including the original Enterprise studio model used in the “Star Trek” television series.
The museum is currently in the midst of a major multi-year, multi-phased renovation project.
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