Lecture/Show and Tell: “Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWII Aircraft Fabric

Meghann Girard, Engen Pre-Program conservation fellow, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

A conservator working on a World War II bombers

Historic World War II bombers might not be your typical textile conservation candidates. However, a unique opportunity arose while the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) was evaluating fifty fabric panels used to insulate the interior nose section of a Martin B-26 Marauder known as Flak-Bait. Join Engen Pre-Program Conservation Fellow Meghann Girard for this talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at NASM to stabilize the severely moth-damaged fabric panels from Flak-Bait. Needle-felted and laser-cut loss compensation methods will be discussed along with treatment decision-making processes for these composite textiles. Free; no reservations required.