February 1995 Sully District Council Meeting
by Jeff Parnes
The Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles should be built and operating in the 2001 - 2003 time frame. In 1993 Congress approved the plan to relocate the annex at Dulles and authorized a million dollars for planning. In support of the move, the state of Virginia authorized a three-million dollar interest free loan. The total cost of the facility is projected at $162 million.
- The museum plans to relocate its Suitland restoration and storage site to Dulles. On display will be a B-17, the Engola Gay, Blackbird, Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The museum doesn't plan to construct galleries or displays as on the mall, but to build hangers that would be open to the public for a display of hardware, not of history and people as downtown. There would also be closed storage space not open to the public where material not presently displayable could be kept.
- Full plans call for hangers where visitors could watch restorations in progress. There would be an archives facility open by appointment only. Plans also call for an IMAX theater, classrooms and lecture facilities, and restaurants. They hope to have the master plan complete in 1996, the design complete in 1997, and construction complete in 2001 or 2003 depending on funding. They project 2 million visitors annually.
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