With years of experience in relocation and installation, IWEISS provides the utmost quality and care for handling artifact installations and relocation. IWEISS has managed projects ranging from rigging mammal skeletons, 1941 Junkers Ju-87R-2Tropical Stuka, to over 90 aviation artifacts, including a Sky Lab IV Command Module.

IWEISS and century aviation

Since 2013, IWEISS has partnered with Century Aviation to bring a range of artifact handling and installation services to museums and private collectors. The two companies bring together capabilities that include artifact assembly/disassembly, artifact transport/relocation, rigging design and installation, structural engineering review and analysis, custom rigging connection design, custom fabrication, onsite preservation services and consulting.


The combined staff and facilities can offer:

  • Artifact handling specialists and certified riggers
  • Decades of curatorial and preservation experience and expertise
  • Custom fabrication of rigging connections and artifact conveyances
  • Certified equipment and personnel lift operators
  • Structural engineers licensed in all 50 States
  • Drafting and submittal preparation
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F-18 The Museum Of The Marine Corps

Century Aviation called upon IWEISS to rig and install an F-18 Hornet that was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base into the new wing of  The National Museum of the Marine Corps

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Museum of the Earth

The IWEISS team was challenged to hang the 44′ long skeleton of one of the last Right Whales at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY.

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Landing a Stutka

IWEISS collaborated with Century Aviation to lower a German Stuka bomber to the floor at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Artifact Handling

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

IWEISS has been contracted to design and execute all rigging required for de-installation and moving large artifacts out of the building to accommodate the renovation of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

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