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Certainly you seem to have a better chronology than that available to me
at the moment. The individual handling airlift of museum assets is out
of the office, so I cannot readily access her files.
But, I think I have identified part of the problem.
The Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB is a Field Museum
of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. If the airframe
was on display at that museum (or under their local control at EAFB)
prior to its airlift to the NMUSAF at WPAFB, this would not necessarily
be reflected in our files.
My records only indicate when the museum took original control of the
aircraft, apparently on 13 May 1996. Though the airframe was offsite,
control was still maintained by the NMUSAF and our field affiliates
within the Air Force History & Museums Program. All aircraft within the
museum program despite their varied locations around the nation at our
many field museums, are tracked internally by the National Museum of the
United States Air Force. I think this likely explains the divergent