Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Display Aircraft Inspection Initiative

NCMS Project #: 140720

Problem: Currently, no program exists to track the condition of the several hundred Navy aircraft on display at various geographical locations.  To ensure that these artifacts are not neglected and are maintained in a condition that ensures public safety and respect for the Navy’s heritage, a program is needed to track the inventory’s condition.  The condition of the artifacts is currently unknown, and responsibilities are stove piped without accountability and/or traceability.  Despite the common need of the displays, today there is no coordinated maintenance program for the static displays, no standardized sustainment processes exist, and no data on impact to the environment of static displays are on record.  Without an established program to preserve and display these artifacts, the ability to inform, educate, and inspire the general public will diminish along with their appreciation that “freedom is not free.”

Benefit: Public support for bearing the cost of freedom is crucial.  The books, artifacts, static displays, and events all play an important role in promoting public awareness of the need and support for continued military funding at levels appropriate for the necessary high level of preparedness and our National Defense.

Solution/Approach: This collaborative CTMA initiative will provide a venue in which the public and private communities can efficiently and effectively work together to identify necessary and cost-effective approaches to improve maintenance and sustainment and ultimately ensure public safety and protection of the environment where these artifacts and aircraft are located.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Identify, analyze, assess, track and inspect publicly displayed Fleet artifact and aircraft inventory
  • Ensure effective maintenance and sustainment of artifacts and aircraft
  • Protect public safety
  • Evaluate environmental impacts
  • Maintain respect for Navy’s heritage

DoD Participation:

  • Naval History and Historical Command (NHHC)
  • Naval Reserve Units
  • OSD

Industry Participation:

  • Possessors of Naval Artifacts and Aircraft
  • The Columbia Group
  • Wounded Warrior Detachments
  • OEMS of Naval Artifacts and Aircrafts and SME retires (as required)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Mx avoidance & reliability
  • Mx management improvement

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection