In the process of creating the Virtual Tour, I made the acquaintance of Col. Scott Willey (USAF ret.), a docent at Garber. He ultimately provided invaluable encouragement and assistance. It was an undertaking that we both believed in, something that (at the time) the NASM itself had no interest in doing. Scott shot many, many rolls of film for the Virtual Tour, and helped me catalog the artifacts there so we could put together a list of what was there and what building it was in. The NASM has since at least done that, there is an up-to-date list on the NASM website. The NASM has also expressed interest in the pictures that make up the Virtual Tour, but they don't want to take the material unless they own the rights to it. That is something I'm not comfortable with.
For many years the He 219 sat next to the Enola Gay, an odd juxtaposition
to say the least. In this position it was easier to view. As
more and more artifacts have been gathered at Garber, they have had to
do alot of rearranging to accomodate the artifacts in limited space.
The Arado Ar 196 sits atop its floats in the background.
The cockpit of the He 219 (1997). Notice the large red handle.
Guess what it is for! The He 219 was one of the first operational
airplanes with cockpit pressurization and ejection seats! Note also
the stirrups for bracing ones legs before being shot out of the aircraft.
The smaller red handle on the right vertical console is the canopy release