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Trekkies Needed for USS Enterprise Restoration Project

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington is restoring the 11-foot model of the USS Enterprise that was used in the TV series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1974, and was on display until 2014. But the ship doesn’t look the way it did when the series first aired in 1966, and the museum wants your help to make it so.  

The ship has been modified eight times since it was built in 1964. But the studio model's 1967 appearance in the episode “Trouble with Tribbles” was the last time the Enterprise was modified during the original "Star Trek" television series.

Fans are encouraged to submit firsthand, original images or film of the ship under construction, during filming or on public display at any time before 1976. For more information about submitting material, contact and look for updates about the project on social media channels using #MilestonesofFlight.

The plan is to put the restored Enterprise back on display in 2016 in the new Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

(Image credit: Flickr user Paolo Rosa)

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