Amazonian Aircraft in Special Smithsonian Exhibit

by Lisa M. A. Winters

Beth Wilson is a Wonder Woman. She may not be of Themysciran origin, or have enhanced lightning reflexes, but she obtained for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum — for one day only! — an exhibit rarely seen in public: Wonder Woman’s invisible aircraft. Recovered from storage in Potomac, Maryland, with the assistance of a retired Army nurse, the Museum of Flight in Seattle has been the guardian of this heroic treasure for the past three years. Ms. Wilson worked with Museum of Flight’s curator Dan Hagedorn and PR manager Ted Huetter to secure the paperwork and permissions for moving the Invisible Plane cross-country.

Smithsonian curator Dr. Bob van der Linden, who was quoted as saying “There’s nothing that would make my daughter happier than to bring Wonder Woman’s invisible plane back to Washington, DC, if only for a very short time,” moved some long-standing and iconic exhibits in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall to make room for the loaned artifact, ensuring it would not only have enough space, but excellent sightlines for museum visitors.

Beth Wilson of the National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C. We note at least a superficial resemblance between her and Princess Diana of Themiscyra, and we are extremely suspicious.

The aircraft is famous for its shapeshifting abilities, its stealth abilities years before the USAF had similiar technology, and its ability to seal for extra-atmospheric operations decades before any practical space programs. The Smithsonian chose to display in jet configuration, although the Museum of Flight usually keeps the Invisible Plane in its older propellor-driven form.

When the exhibit is taken down at the end of the display period, it will be taken to the Udvar-Hazy Center‘s Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar in Chantilly, Virginia, for conservation work before returning it to its American home in Seattle.

This opportunity is available only due to the hard work of Beth Wilson, the staffs of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and Museum of Flight, and The Friends of the Princess Diana of Themyscira Society. Princess Diana was not available for comment.

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