Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Area exhibition, Star Wars R2-D2 themed United States Blog post Office mailbox
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the inscription: R2-D2 Collection Box This official UNITED STATE Postal Service collection box was among 400 mail boxes that were clothed as R2-D2, the charming robotic from Star Wars (1977), to commemorate the motion picture’s 30th anniversary in 2007. Beginning on March 16, 2007, R2-D2 mail boxes appeared at pick locations in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico.
Fans of the fantastical room science fiction saga might elect online for their favored Star Wars stamp or deposit mail in– as well as take photos with– the R2-D2 collection boxes. Prior to the box pertained to the Smithsonian, Star Wars designer George Lucas and Postermaster General John E. Potter authorized it.
Provided by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
© Lucasfilm Ltd. and also the United States Postal Solution ®
National Postal Gallery|R2-D2 Mailbox R2-D2 Mailbox © Lucasfilm Ltd. as well as
the USA Postal Service ®. March 2007 marked the Three Decade wedding anniversary of Celebrity Wars. To recognize the event, the United States Post office (USPS), in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., released 400 round-top mail collection boxes throughout the nation, resembling the tough robot R2-D2 from the film series. The Post office’s goal was to have the R2-D2 collection boxes show up all on the same day. These fancifully developed mail boxes were put to advertise the initial concern of the Star War stamps collection. The stamps were sold from May 25, 2007 till May 25, 2008.
R2-D2 was opted to have its likeness put into collection boxes because his form is so much like that of the mail boxes. In addition, the little android was chosen because it “personifies the trust and reliability for which the Post office is renowned” inning accordance with the USPS press launch introducing the mail boxes’ arrival.
Individuals around the country were thrilled to see R2-D2 replace routine blue collection boxes. Eventually, searching for the areas of all the R2-D2 boxes became its very own cult activity. Amongst those who interacted on-line to locate all the mail boxes was a < a href=" http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=R2-D2+Mailboxes" target=" _ blank "> Flickr team formed to keep all the photos and also discussions associating to R2-D2 collection boxes.
The R2-D2 collection boxes were not all new mailboxes. Instead, they were fitted with vinyl “skins” that makes them handle the look of the gritty droid. You could find out more about the design and musician Chris Calf’s work < a href=" http://www.chrisscalf.com/Escapism/Escapism HTML/Crazy Creations.html "target =" _ space" rel=" nofollow" > here. In October 2007, USPS transferred an extremely special R2-D2 mail box to the National Postal Museum. Just what makes this R2-D2 so unique is that it was authorized by the director of Celebrity Wars, George Lucas, and the Postmaster General, John E. Potter. A metal plaque is stuck to the front of the collection box that has” UNITED STATES/POSTAL SERVICE” with the service’s eagle symbol left wing as well as “CELEBRITY WARS” in film type on right with the signatures “Postmaster General John E. Potter” and also “George Lucas” as well as text listed below mentioning “March-June 2007/The U.S. Postal Service mounted over 400 R2-D2 mailboxes in cities throughout the United States/and on UNITED STATE Army bases around the globe.”.
Unfortunately, by the time this R2-D2 reached the gallery there were a number of scratches, abrasions and rips to the skin. Gallery personnel made plans to repair the damage. USPS service providers liable for the original task flew to Washington, DC, to change the skin on the mailbox. They very carefully eliminated the old skin as well as changed it with a brand-new, fresh, version. You could view this transformation process here.
The invigorated R2-D2 mail box is presently on view as a financing from the museum to the National Air and also Room Gallery’s Udvar-Hazy center. As all of the various other R2-D2 collection mailboxes were returned to their more pedestrian, however reliable, blue tones, the Smithsonian is now the only area where the public could get a peak at the droid transformed mailbox.
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Star Wars R2-D2 collection box
The R2-D2 collection box is steel with a plastic “skin” that makes it take on the appearance of a droid personality in the movie Star Wars. Moved from the USA Post office (USPS) in October 2007, this collection box is authorized by the director of Star Wars, George Lucas, as well as the Postmaster General, John E. Potter. A steel plaque abided by the front of the collection box checks out “UNITED STATES/ POSTAL SERVICE” with the solution’s eagle icon left wing and “CELEBRITY WARS” in film type on right. The text below the 2 trademarks states “March-June 2007/ The UNITED STATE Postal Solution installed over 400 R2-D2 mailboxes in cities throughout the United States/ and also on U.S. Armed forces bases all over the world.”.
March 2007 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the Star Wars film. To honor the event, the USPS in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd, released the 400 round-top mail collection boxes across the country (this box was installed at Union Terminal, Washington, DC).
R2-D2 was opted to have its likeness placed onto collection boxes as a result of his form, which is similar to that of the mail boxes and due to the fact that it “personifies the depend on as well as stability for which the Post office is renowned” according to a press launch from USPS.
( C) Lucasfilm Ltd. as well as the USA Post office (R).
< a href=" http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/sr07_009.htm" rel=" nofollow" > www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/sr07_009.htm( Accessed September 21, 2009). Day:. 2007. Markings:. printed on skin, front middle
” uspsjedimaster.com”; visual left top “UNITED STATES “/ POST OFFICE” as well as”middle” uspsjedimaster.com”; back top” UNITED STATES/ POSTAL” SERVICE” and “center” uspsjedimaster.com “; visual right” UNITED STATES/ POSTAL SOLUTION “as well as middle” uspsjedimaster.com””; on metal plaque” UNITED STATES/ POST OFFICE” “[. with eagle symbol] on left as well as” CELEBRITY WARS” [in film font] on right with areas below for signatures” Postmaster General John E. Potter” as well as “George Lucas” with text listed below” March-June 2007/ The UNITED STATE Post office installed over 400 R2-D2 mailboxes in cities throughout the “USA/ and on U.S. army bases around the globe.”; stamped in metal on visual ideal side “U.S.P.S. “at lower middle. Medium:. steel; acrylic. Dimensions:. Elevation x Size x Depth: 127″x 56.5 x 59.7 centimeters (50 x 22 1/4 x 23 1/2 in.). Gallery ID:. 2007.2020.1. Location of Usage:.
Area of Columbia.
Collection:.< a href=" http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu" target=" _ space" rel=" nofollow "> National Postal Museum( SI) Credit histories:.
( C) Lucasfilm Ltd. and the United States Postal Service( R) **** This item has constraints on recreation and also magazine, please see Registrar or file ******. Rebecca Johnson. September 23, 2009 Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: southern garage view
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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, North American P-51C” Excalibur III”, Grumman G-22″ Gulfhawk II”, Boeing 367-80( 707 )Jet Transport among others Image by< a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/9161595@N03/5779300365" >
Chris Devers Quoting< a href=" http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19610107000" rel=" nofollow" > Smithsonian National Air and Space Gallery|Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat:. The Grumman F6F Hellcat was initially developed as an innovative version of the United States Navy’s after that
current front-line boxer, the F4F Wildcat (see NASM collection). The Wildcat’s desired replacement, the Vought F4U Corsair( see NASM collection), initial flown in 1940, was showing wonderful pledge, yet advancement was slowed by issues, including the collision of the prototype. The National Air and Space Museum’s F6F-3 Hellcat, BuNo. 41834, was built at Grumman’s Bethpage, New York, manufacturing facility in February 1944 under contract NOA -( S) 846. It was provided to the Navy on February 7, and got here in San Diego, California, on the 18th. It was appointed to Fighter Armada 15( VF-15) on USS Hornet( CV12) bound for Hawaii. On arrival, it was designated to VF-3 where it received damages in a wheels-up landing at NAS Barbers Factor, Hawaii. After fixing, it was assigned to VF-83 where it was used in a training duty till February 21, 1945. After numerous transfers 41834 was transformed to an F6F-3K target drone with the installment of advanced radio-control equipment. It was paintinged red with a pink tail that brought the number 14. Its mission was to be used in Procedure Crossroads- the atomic bomb tests at Swimsuit Atoll. It flew on June 24, 1946, with a pilot, on a method flight and was introduced, unmanned, soon after the very first bomb test. Instrumentation aboard and photographic plates taped to the control stick gotten data on radioactivity. Three even more manned trips preceded the last unmanned trip on July 25, 1946, which assessed the first undersea explosion. Records suggest that exposure of this airplane to the radioactive cloud was very little as well as recurring radiation is minimal. F6F-3K 41834 was transferred to NAS Norfolk and logged its last trip on March 25, 1947, with an overall of 430.2 flying hours. It was assigned to the National Air Museum on November 3, 1948, and also remained at Norfolk until October 4, 1960, when it was moved by barge to Washington and also positioned in storage. In 1976 this Hellcat was lent to the USS Yorktown Gallery at Charleston, South Carolina. A surface repair was performed at the museum, yet due to the harsh environment and its bad problem the Hellcat was gone back to NASM on March 16, 1982. In 1983, it was sent to Grumman Aerospace where a team of volunteers entirely restored the aircraft. In 1985, it was shipped back to the Paul E. Garber Conservation, Remediation as well as Storage Center in Suitland, Maryland, and also store. NASM’s F6F-3 Hellcat is set up to be displayed in the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy facility at Dulles International Airport terminal in Virginia in 2004. Transferred from the United States Navy. Maker:< a href= "http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/cons.cfm?id=1144" rel= "nofollow" > Grumman Airplane Engineering Firm Date: 1943. Native land: United States of The U.S.A..
Total: 338 x 1021cm, 4092kg, 1304cm( 11ft 1 1/16 in
. x 33ft 5 15/16 in., 9021.2 lb.,
42ft 9 3/8 in.
). Physical Summary: Heavyarmor plate,
reinforced empennage, R-2800-10W engine, springtime tabs on the ailerons( boosted ability to move),
can carry rockets in addition to bombs
. – – – – -. Estimating< a href =" http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19530088000" rel=" nofollow" > Smithsonian National Air as well as Room Museum |
North American P-51C,” Excalibur III”:. On Could 29, 1951, Capt. Charles F. Blair flew Excalibur III from Norway across the North Post to Alaska in a record-setting 10 1/2 hours. Using a system of “meticulously plotted” sun lines
” he developed, Blair had the ability to navigate with accuracy where conventional magnetic compasses usually stopped working. 4 months previously, he had flown Excalibur III from New york city to London in less compared to 8 hours, damaging the existing mark by over an hour. Excalibur III first came from renowned aviator A. Paul Mantz, that included additional fuel containers for long-distance racing to this common P-51C boxer. With it Mantz won the 1946 and 1947 Bendix air race and also set a transcontinental rate document in 1947 when the plane was named Blaze of Noontime. Blair purchased it from Mantz in 1949 and also relabelled it Excalibur III, after the Sikorsky VS-44 flying boat he flew for American Export Airlines. Gift of Frying pan American World Airways Maker:< a href=" http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/cons.cfm?id=1335" rel=" nofollow "> North American Aircraft Firm Day: 1944. Native land: USA of America. Dimensions: Wingspan: 11.3 m (37 ft ). Size: 9.8 m( 32 ft 3 in).
Elevation: 3.9 m( 12 ft 10 in). Weight, empty: 4,445 kg( 9,800 pound). Weight,
gross: 5,052 kg (11,800 lb ). Full throttle:
700 km/h( 435 miles per hour ). Products: Total: Aluminum.
Physical Description: Solitary seat, single engine, low wing monoplane, The second world war fighter customized for auto racing. – – – – -.
Air and Area Museum|Grumman G-22 “Gulfhawk II”:. Among one of the most exciting aerobatic aircraft of the 1930s and ’40s, the Grumman
Gulfhawk II was constructed for
retired marine aviator and also air reveal pilot Al Williams. As head of the “Gulf Oil Firm’s aviation
division, Williams flew in armed forces and also private air programs around the country, executing precision aerobatics as well as dive-bombing maneuvers to promote armed forces aviation during the interwar years. The tough civilian biplane, with its solid aluminum monocoque body and also Wright Cyclone engine, virtually matched the Grumman F3F common Navy boxer, which was operational at the time. It took its orange paint system from Williams’
Curtiss 1A Gulfhawk, additionally in the Smithsonian’s collection. Williams directly piloted the Gulfhawk II on its last flight in 1948 to Washington’s National Airport terminal. Present of Gulf Oil Corporation Manufacturer:< a href =" http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/cons.cfm?id=1144" rel= "nofollow "> Grumman Aircraft Design Firm Day: 1936. Native land: USA of America.
Measurements: Wingspan: 8.7 m(
28 feet 7 in). Size: 7 m( 23 ft). Elevation: 3.1 m( 10 feet). Weight, aerobatic: 1,625
kg( 3,583 pound).
1,903 kg (4,195 lb ).
467 km/h (290 miles per hour).
Engine: Wright Cyclone R-1820-G1, 1,000 hp.
Products: Body: steel tube
with light weight aluminum alloy. Wings: aluminum spars and also ribs with fabric cover.
Physical Description: NR1050. Aerobatic biplane
flown by Major Alford”
Al” Williams as demonstration airplane for Gulf Oil Firm. Just like Grumman F3F single-seat fighter
aircraft flown by the UNITED STATE Navy. Wright Cyclone R-1820-G1 engine, 1000 hp. – “- – – -. Pricing estimate Smithsonian National Air and also Room Gallery|Boeing 367-80 Jet Transportation:.
On July 15 , 1954, a stylish, swept-winged airplane, adorned in brownish as well as yellow paint as well as powered by 4 cutting edge brand-new engines first took to the sky above Seattle. Developed by the Boeing Airplane Business, the 367-80, much better referred to as the Dash 80, would certainly involve revolutionize business air transport when its established variation went into service as the popular Boeing 707, America’s initial jet airplane. In the very early 1950s, Boeing had actually started to examine the possibility of developing a jet-powered military transportation and tanker to complement the brand-new generation of Boeing jet bombers getting in solution with the UNITED STATE Air Pressure. When the Air Pressure showed no rate of interest, Boeing spent numerous its very own resources to construct a model jet transportation in a daring wager that the airlines and the Flying force would purchase it once the aircraft had flown and also shown itself. As Boeing had done with the B-17, it risked the firm on one roll of the dice and also won. Boeing engineers had actually initially based the jet transport on researches of improved styles of the Design 367, better understood to the public as the C-97 piston-engined transportation as well as airborne tanker. By the time Boeing progressed to the 80th iteration, the design birthed no similarity to the C-97 but, for security reasons, Boeing made a decision to allow the jet task be referred to as the 367-80. Job continued promptly after the official beginning of the task on Might 20, 1952. The 367-80 mated a large cabin based upon the measurements of the C-97 with the 35-degree swept-wing design based on the wings of the B-47 and also B-52 but significantly stiffer and also incorporating an obvious dihedral. The wings were mounted low on the body and also integrated high-speed and also low-speed ailerons as well as an advanced flap and spoiler system. 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3 turbojet engines, each generating 10,000 extra pounds of thrust, were installed on struts below the wings. Upon the Dashboard 80’s very first flight on July 15, 1954,( the 34th anniversary of the starting of the Boeing Business )Boeing clearly had a champion. Traveling 100 miles each hour much faster compared to the de Havilland Comet as well as significantly larger, the new Boeing had an optimal array of more than 3,500 miles. As hoped, the Air Pressure acquired 29 examples of the layout as a tanker/transport after they convinced Boeing to broaden the style by 12 inches. Pleased, the Flying force designated it the KC-135A. A total of 732 KC-135s were constructed. Swiftly Boeing transformed its focus on offering the airline industry on this brand-new jet transport. Plainly the sector was impressed with the capacities of the model 707 however never more so compared to at the Gold Mug hydroplane races hung on Lake Washington in Seattle, in August 1955. Throughout the festivities surrounding this event, Boeing had actually collected several airline representatives to appreciate the competitors and witness a fly past of the brand-new Dashboard 80. To the target market’s extreme delight as well as Boeing’s profound shock, examination pilot Alvin” Tex” Johnston barrel-rolled the Dash 80 over the lake in complete view of hundreds of astonished spectators. Johnston vividly displayed the premium strength and also performance of this new jet, readily persuading the airline sector to purchase this new airliner. In searching for a market, Boeing found an all set customer in Frying pan American Air passage’s president Juan Trippe. Trippe had been investing a lot of his time looking for an ideal jet airplane to allow his pioneering
firm to keep its leadership in global flight. Collaborating with Boeing, Trippe conquered Boeing’s resistance to widening the Dash-80 layout, currently called the 707, to seat six guests in each seat row rather compared to five. Trippe did so by putting an order with Boeing for 20 707s but likewise purchasing 25 of Douglas’s completing DC-8, which had yet to fly but could suit six-abreast seats. At Frying pan Am’s insistence, the 707 was made 4 inches larger compared to the Dash 80 so that it might bring 160 guests six-abreast. The bigger body established for the 707 came to be the basic style for every one of Boeing’s subsequent narrow-body airplanes. Although the British de Havilland D.H. 106 Comet and also the Soviet Tupolev Tu-104 went into solution earlier, the Boeing 707 as well as Douglas DC-8 were bigger, quicker, had greater range, as well as were more successful to fly. In October 1958 Pan American ushered the jet age right into the USA when it opened up global solution with the Boeing 707 in October 1958. National Airlines inaugurated domestic jet solution two months later utilizing a 707-120 obtained from Pan Am. American Airlines flew the initial residential 707 jet solution with its very own airplane in January 1959. American set a new rate mark when it opened up the first regularly-scheduled transcontinental jet service in 1959. Succeeding nonstop trips in between New York and San Francisco took only 5 hrs- 3 hrs much less compared to by the piston-engine DC-7. The one-way price, including a surcharge for jet solution, was 5.50, or 1 round trip. The flight was virtually 40 percent much faster and also virtually 25 percent more affordable compared to flying by piston-engine airplanes. The subsequent surge of web traffic demand was considerable. The 707 was originally developed for transcontinental or one-stop transatlantic range. But changed with additional fuel containers as well as more reliable turbofan engines, the 707-300 Intercontinental series aircraft could fly continuously across the Atlantic with complete haul under any problems. Boeing developed 855 707s, which 725 were purchased by airlines worldwide.
Having launched the Boeing Firm into the industrial jet age, the Dashboard 80 born up as a very successful speculative airplane. Up until its retirement in 1972, the Dash 80 evaluated countless advanced systems, most of which were incorporated into later generations of jet transportations. At one point, the Dashboard 80 carried 3 various engine enters its 4 nacelles. Working as an examination bed for the new 727, the Dashboard 80 was briefly equipped with a 5th engine mounted on the rear fuselage. Engineers additionally changed the wing in planform and shape to examine the effects of various airfoil forms. Many flap configurations were additionally fitted consisting of an extremely advanced system of “blown” flaps which redirected engine exhaust over the flaps to increase lift at reduced rates. Fin height as well as straight stabilizer width was later on enhanced and at one point, a special numerous wheel reduced stress touchdown equipment was fitted to check the usefulness of operating future heavy military transportations from not really prepared touchdown fields. After a long and prominent job, the Boeing 367-80 was lastly retired and also given away to the “Smithsonian in 1972. Currently, the aircraft is installated at the National Air and Space Gallery’s new center at Washington Dulles International Airport. Present of the Boeing Business Maker: < a href=" http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/cons.cfm?id=1164 "rel =" nofollow" > Boeing Aircraft Co. Date: 1954. Native land: United States of America.
Dimensions: Height 19′ 2″: Size 73 ’10”: Wing Period 129′ 8″: Weight 33,279 lbs. Physical Description: Model Boeing 707; yellow and also brown.