Check Out a Real “Star Wars” X-Wing Starfighter in the DMV

star wars x-wing starfighter at smithsonian
Smithsonian photo by Jim Preston

After traveling from a galaxy far, far away, an X-wing Starfighter featured in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has landed right here in the D.C. area. 

The X-wing will be undergoing conservation at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, the Smithsonian announced on “Star Wars” Day, Tuesday, May 4. Visitors can look inside the Restoration Hangar as the starfighter, which has a 37-foot wingspan, is worked on. 

Museum staff hope the X-wing will inspire the young future scientists who come to see it.

“Star Wars introduced generations of fans here on Earth to outer space as a setting for adventure and exploration,” said Margaret Weitekamp, the museum’s space history chair, in a media release. 

The X-wings were designed in 1977, for the first-ever “Star Wars” movie. Since then, they’ve been a part of the otherworldly cinematic universe that fans love. 

This is the first long-term “Star Wars” movie prop in the museum since the ‘90s, and the X-wing will stay on display for some time. Next year, it will be relocated outside the museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium for even more young Jedis to see. 

Fans can head to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, near Dulles Airport, every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but you’ll need to reserve a timed entry pass in line with COVID-19 restrictions on the museum’s website

And may the force be with you! 

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