In "my other life", I teach rocketry and space exploration. I have a classroom in Oberlin, Ohio. Our team travels around our area and surrounding states displaying items and building rockets with kids. We are responsible for teaching Space Exploration at the Boy Scout National Jamboree.
A couple of years ago, we acquired a space shuttle tire from NASA. The paperwork was unbelievable. I think I signed more things than when I bought my house.
I had to promise not to take the tire into a foreign country, because the technology might be stolen. Ummmm, it's a tire?
Anyways, I will be preparing full documentation requesting a number of items. The astrovan will be one of them, but I'm not holding my breath! I'll be very surprised if it makes it out of the internal selection.
Perhaps I could get a petition going on AirForums that the membership pledges to assist with the restoration and preservation of the unit!