This is the original filming model of the alien mothership from Steven Spielberg’s 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was on display in a dark corner of the James S McDonnell Space Hanger at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly VA when we visited in 2007. It was behind glass and only lit on one side.
Part of our interest in this huge detailed model was due to the exhibit sign. Apparently the creators of the Mothership model had a sense of humor. There were several items added to the model as jokes. There were planes, droids, a bus, cemetery etc.
We had a fun time inspecting the model for these odd items. We found some…Can you spot them?