A typical dictionary definition of the word restoration goes something like this, "the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition". But restoration, and conservation, of museum artifacts goes much further than simply returning an artifact to its "earlier good condition".
Volunteer restoration technicians working on the North Star, have experienced conservation staff close at hand to ensure that the Museum's Canadair North Star 17515 is restored and conserved for posterity. The Museum's conservator, Réjean Demers, wrote in his artice Zen and the Art of Aircraft Restoration, that North Star 17515 is more than "just an object". He explained that "Beyond these material trappings, lay the history of Canadair North Star 17515 and her sisters. Examples of service are easily found in books and photos. What proves a challenge is explaining how a bumblebee becomes a preserved specimen in an engine, how graffiti made during heavy maintenance is the only evidence of a man's past. Where the dirt under floorboards, came from countries that no longer bear the name she visited."