Crozier team members navigate the "Tin Goose," a 1928 Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor into place in the "America by Air" gallery. Photo courtesy of Jim Preston / The Washingtonian
National Air & Space Museum
How Crozier helped move and store the very first airplane
"With artifacts literally the size of jet planes, renovation is no small feat," wrote The Washingtonian about the NASM's seven-year plan to redesign all of its galleries, including 23 exhibits. To tackle this massive project, Crozier had to first submit a 600+ page Artifact Move Logistics Feasibility Study including a Statement of Work (SOW) and a budgetary estimate to Congress. Once approved, our engineers got to work deinstalling museum. This process involved rigging, disassembling, inventorying, condition reporting, barcoding, packing, and transporting more than 2,700 artifacts in total. Once disassembled, the number of items grew.
After the deinstall, Crozier's team suspended the largest artifacts in the west half of the museum the contract to reinstall and suspend the large artifacts in the west half of the museum. Engineers had to consider the weight of each plane and the potential weight of snow on the building's roof to figure out how to safely hang them. By the time the job was done, the landmark location was practically a brand new museum.
Crozier technicians get ready to mount the Apollo 11 command module, called Columbia, in the "Destination Moon" gallery. Photo courtesy of Jim Preston / The Washingtonian
An artist touches up Saturn, which we eventually installed in interactive Kenneth C. Griffin 'Exploring the Planets' gallery. Photo courtesy of Jim Preston / The Washingtonian
This model gigantic Parabolic Antenna and Reflector Hub satellite is now part of the "One World Connected" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Jim Preston / The Washingtonian