HOME
The Info List - Museum Of Flight


--- Advertisement ---



The Museum
Museum
of Flight is a private non-profit air and space museum in the northwest United States. It is located at the southern end of King County International Airport ( Boeing
Boeing
Field), in the city of Tukwila, just south of Seattle.[4] It was established in 1965 and is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As the largest private air and space museum in the world, it also hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world.[5] The museum attracts over 500,000 visitors every year.[6] The museum serves more than 140,000 students yearly through both its onsite programs: a Challenger Learning Center, an Aviation Learning Center, and a summer camp (ACE), as well as outreach programs that travel throughout Washington and Oregon.[7]

Contents

1 History 2 Aircraft
Aircraft
on display 3 Exhibits and facilities

3.1 Restoration facility 3.2 Museum
Museum
of Flight Library and Archives 3.3 Other facilities

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The Museum
Museum
of Flight can trace its roots back to the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation, which was founded in 1965 to recover and restore a 1929 Boeing
Boeing
80A-1, which had been discovered in Anchorage, Alaska. The restoration took place over a 16-year period, and after completion, was put on display as a centerpiece for the museum. In 1968, the name " Museum
Museum
of Flight" first appeared in use in a 10,000-square-foot facility, rented at the Seattle
Seattle
Center. Planning began at this time for a more permanent structure, and preliminary concepts were drafted.[8] In 1975, The William E. Boeing
William E. Boeing
Red Barn was acquired for one dollar from the Port of Seattle, which had taken possession of it after Boeing
Boeing
abandoned it during World War II. The 1909 all-wooden Red Barn, the original home of the company, was barged two miles (3 km) up the Duwamish River
Duwamish River
to its current location at the southwestern end of Boeing
Boeing
Field.[9][10] Fundraising was slow in the late 1970s,[11] and after restoration, the two-story Red Barn was opened to the public in 1983.[12] That year a funding campaign was launched, so capital could be raised for construction of the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. In 1987, Vice President George Bush, joined by four Mercury astronauts, cut the ribbon to open the facility on July 10,[12][13][14] with an expansive volume of 3,000,000 cubic feet (85,000 m3). The gallery's structure is built in a space frame lattice structure and holds more than 20 hanging aircraft, including a Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3
weighing more than nine tons.[8] The museum's education programs grew significantly with the building of a Challenger Learning Center
Challenger Learning Center
in 1992. This interactive exhibit allows students to experience a Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
mission. It includes a mock-up NASA mission control, and experiments from all areas of space research. Completed in 1994, the 132-seat Wings Cafe and the 250-seat Skyline multipurpose banquet and meeting room increased the museum's footprint to 185,000 square feet (17,200 m2). At the same time, one of the museum's most widely recognized and popular artifacts, the Lockheed M-21, a modified Lockheed A-12
Lockheed A-12
Oxcart designed to carry the Lockheed D-21 reconnaissance drones,[15] was placed on the floor at the center of the Great Gallery, after being fully restored.[16] The first jet-powered Air Force One
Air Force One
(1959–62, SAM 970), a Boeing VC-137B, was flown to Boeing Field
Boeing Field
in 1996; it arrived in June and was opened to visitors in October.[17][18] Retired from active service earlier that year,[17] it is on loan from the Air Force Museum. Originally parked on the east side of the museum, it was driven across East Marginal Way and now resides in the museum's Airpark, where it is open to public walkthroughs. In 1997, the museum opened the first full scale, interactive Air Traffic Control tower exhibit. The tower overlooks the Boeing
Boeing
Field runways, home to one of the thirty busiest airports in the country. The exhibit offers a glimpse into what it is like to be an air traffic controller. The next major expansion was opened in 2004, with the addition of the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing.[19][20][21] North of the Red Barn, the wing has 88,000 square feet (8,200 m2) of exhibit space on two floors, with more than 25 World War I
World War I
and World War II aircraft. It also has large collection of model aircraft, including every plane from both wars.[22] Many of these aircraft were from the collection of the Champlin Fighter Museum, formerly in Mesa, Arizona,[19] which closed in 2003. The wing opened on June 6, the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day.[21] In June 2010, the museum broke ground on a $12 million new building to house a Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
it hoped to receive from NASA, named the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.[23][24] The new building includes multisensory exhibits that emphasize stories from the visionaries, designers, pilots, and crews of the Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
and other space related missions. The gallery opened to the public in November 2012.[25][26] Though the museum did not receive one of the three remaining shuttles, it did receive the Full Fuselage Trainer (FFT), a shuttle mockup that was used to train all Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
astronauts.[25] Because it is a trainer and not an actual shuttle, small group (no more than six persons, minimum age 10, maximum height 6' 4") guided tours of the interior are available, for an extra charge. The FFT began arriving in various pieces beginning in 2012. The cockpit and two sections of the payload bay arrived via NASA's Super Guppy.[27][28] Aircraft
Aircraft
on display[edit] The Museum
Museum
of Flight has more than 150 aircraft in its collection, including:

The City of Everett at the Museum
Museum
prior to an extensive restoration in 2014

Lockheed Model 10-E Electra faithfully restored by pilot Linda Finch
Linda Finch
to match the aircraft Amelia Earhart was piloting when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean Boeing
Boeing
747 the first flight-worthy B747, City of Everett.[29] Its registration number is N7470, and it was named after the city of Everett, Washington. Its first flight was on February 9, 1969, and was retired in 1990.[30] Boeing
Boeing
VC-137B SAM 970 the first presidential jet, which served in the presidential fleet from 1959 to 1996 (open for walkthrough)[17] Concorde
Concorde
214 (British Airways), registration G-BOAG (open for walkthrough).[31] This is one of only four Concordes on display outside Europe, with the other three being near Washington, in New York, and in Barbados.[32][33] Caproni Ca.20 the world's first fighter plane from World War I. The one on display at the Museum
Museum
of Flight was the only one ever built. de Havilland Comet The world's first jet airliner.[34] First flew 1949, in production 1952 to 1964. Lockheed D-21 unmanned reconnaissance drone, displayed mounted on the M-21 Lockheed M-21 the sole surviving M-21[35] a variant of the Lockheed A-12.[15] Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird The surviving cockpit section of 61-7977, an SR-71 that crashed in 1968. Boeing
Boeing
737 the prototype B737. Lockheed Martin RQ-3 DarkStar the second DarkStar UAV prototype

Gossamer Albatross II at the Museum
Museum
of Flight

MacCready Gossamer Albatross II human-powered aircraft. Aerocar International's Aerocar one of five surviving Aerocars, (automobiles with detachable wings and propeller). LearAvia Lear Fan prototype N626BL Douglas DC-2 one of only two remaining airworthy DC-2s. Boeing
Boeing
80A the only surviving 80A, flown by Bob Reeve in Alaska. Boeing
Boeing
727-100 (E1) An ex- United Airlines
United Airlines
B727-100, The Original Prototype.[36] Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation An ex- Trans-Canada Air Lines
Trans-Canada Air Lines
Super Constellation, located originally at the Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
which was purchased in a controversial transaction in 2005. It is currently on display at the airpark.[37] Lamson L-106 Alcor the world's first pressurized sailplane.[38][39][40]

Exhibits and facilities[edit] On its grounds is the Personal Courage Wing (PCW) with 28 World War I and World War II
World War II
aircraft from several countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan.

The Red Barn, Boeing's original manufacturing plant

There is also the "Red Barn", a registered historic site also known as Building No. 105. Built in 1909, the building was used during the early 1900s as Boeing's original manufacturing plant. Through photographs, film, oral histories, and restoration of work stations the exhibits in the Red Barn illustrate how wooden aircraft structure with fabric overlays were manufactured in the early years of aviation and provides a history of aviation development through 1958. In June 2007 the Museum
Museum
opened a new space exhibit: "Space: Exploring the New Frontier", which traces the evolution of space flight from the times of Dr. Robert Goddard to the present and into future commercial spaceflight. Restoration facility[edit] The museum maintains a restoration facility at Paine Field
Paine Field
in Everett with about 39 ongoing projects including a de Havilland Comet 4 jet airliner, a Jetstar, the Boeing
Boeing
2707 mockup, a General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, among many. A previous project, the only flyable Boeing
Boeing
247 in existence, is based at the restoration center. A restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the earliest flyable variant of the B-17[41] and a Boeing
Boeing
B-29 Superfortress in progress are currently hangared at Boeing
Boeing
Field. The B-17 is displayed seasonally in the summer, on the grass next to the Boeing
Boeing
B-47 Stratojet, in front of the Museum's entrance. Museum
Museum
of Flight Library and Archives[edit] The Harl V. Brackin Library at the Museum
Museum
of Flight was founded in 1985. As of 2011, it contains 66,000 books and subscribes to 100 periodicals. It specializes in aerospace and aviation. There is also an online catalog.[42] The Museum
Museum
of Flight Archives is accessible to the public via the Kenneth H. Dalhberg Aviation Research Center.[43] It includes millions of photographs and thousands of linear feet of manuscript materials. Highlights of the collections include the Gordon S. Williams photographic collection, the Peter M. Bowers Photographic Collection, the David D. Hatfield Aviation History Collection, the Norm Taylor Photographic Collection, the Elrey B. Jeppesen Aviation History and Navigation Collection, the American Fighter Aces Association Archives, the Lear Corporation Archives, and the Wright Airplane Company Collection.[44] Other facilities[edit]

The Airpark's Concorde
Concorde
in the foreground and Raisbeck Aviation High School in the background, 2014.

In September, 2013 Raisbeck Aviation High School
Raisbeck Aviation High School
(formerly Aviation High School) opened in a new facility directly north of the Museum's Airpark. The school is operated by Highline Public Schools
Highline Public Schools
as a STEM school with a focus on aviation. The school operates in partnership with the Museum
Museum
(which owns the land), Boeing, and other members of the local aviation industry. The facility will also be used for the museum's summer education programs when school is not in session. The new Aviation Pavilion spans the gap between the high school and the Space Gallery. The cover will also allow aircraft which are seasonally brought out, such as the Museum's Boeing
Boeing
B-17 Flying Fortress and Boeing
Boeing
B-29 Superfortress, to be put permanently on display. The Pavilion, constructed as part of the Museum's Inspiration Begins Here! comprehensive campaign, opened to the public in June 2016 and contains 18 of the Museum's most iconic aircraft. The 140,000 square foot building doubles the Museum's exhibit space, and was built with help from Sellen Construction and Seneca Real Estate Development. See also[edit]

List of aerospace museums

References[edit]

Notes

^ "Matt Hayes will succeed Museum
Museum
of Flight CEO Doug King." Museum
Museum
of Flight, July 12, 2017 ^ "Twitter." "Twitter," Retrieved: October 13, 2016. ^ "Open Position at Museum
Museum
of Flight: Senior Curator and Director of Collections" "Open Position at Museum
Museum
of Flight: Senior Curator and Director of Collections," Retrieved October 13, 2016. ^ " Museum
Museum
of Flight." travel.yahoo.com. Retrieved: September 2, 2011. ^ " Museum
Museum
of Flight". Boeing
Boeing
Academy. Retrieved 28 September 2016.  ^ " Museum
Museum
of Flight Annual Report 2015" (PDF). p. 18. Retrieved 2016-10-29.  ^ " Museum
Museum
of Flight/Aviation High Press Release" museumofflight.org Retrieved: September 8, 2011. ^ a b Ogden, 1986 p. 193. ^ Truett, Jim (September 7, 1977). "Real expert in charge of flight museum". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 17.  ^ "Old racetrack now museum of flight". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. September 19, 1981. p. 19.  ^ "Flight museum taxiing". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. October 22, 1980. p. A12.  ^ a b "Air museum to open big gallery". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. July 6, 1987. p. A5.  ^ "VIP's expected for flight museum opening". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. July 9, 1987. p. 7.  ^ "Flight museum is open". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. July 11, 1987. p. 3.  ^ a b "World's fastest plane Seattle-bound - slowly". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. September 11, 1991. p. B3.  ^ Ogden, 1986 p. 194. ^ a b c Szabo, Liz (June 21, 1996). "Original Air Force One
Air Force One
retires". Allegheny Times. Beaver, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. p. A4.  ^ "First Air Force One
Air Force One
to open for public tours this month". Seattle Times. October 8, 1996. Retrieved September 25, 2014.  ^ a b Lalwani, Sheila (June 19, 2002). " Museum
Museum
of Flight's expansion takes wing". Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.  ^ " Museum
Museum
highlights personal courage in new fighter wing". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. November 12, 2003. p. 3A.  ^ a b Tu, Janet L. (June 1, 2004). " Museum
Museum
to launch new warplanes wing". Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved September 25, 2014.  ^ "General History Fact Sheet." The Museum
Museum
of Flight, 2004. Retrieved: August 9, 2011. ^ Williams, Lauren C. (June 29, 2010). "Seattle's Museum
Museum
of Flight breaks ground in its big bid for a space shuttle". Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved September 25, 2014.  ^ "Photo Gallery: How to display a retired space shuttle." Collect Space. Retrieved: February 4, 2011. ^ a b Broom, Jack (Nov 7, 2012). " Museum
Museum
of Flight's Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit opens Saturday". Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved September 25, 2014.  ^ "Space Gallery Construction Has Begun." The Museum
Museum
of Flight, 2010. Retrieved: March 30, 2011. ^ Brown, Jack (June 30, 2012). "Super Guppy, with space-shuttle trainer on board, touches down at Boeing
Boeing
Field". Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.  ^ " Museum
Museum
of Flight Awarded Full-Fuselage Shuttle Trainer." The Museum of Flight. Retrieved: 13 April 2011. ^ "First 747 called "City of Everett"". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. July 12, 1971. p. 16.  ^ "The first 747 jet folds its wings for retirement". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. April 1, 1990. p. 7C.  ^ " Concorde
Concorde
arrives, calls Seattle
Seattle
home". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 6, 2003. p. B6.  ^ Lawless, Jill (November 5, 2003). " Concorde
Concorde
jets prepare for quiet times ahead". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 3E.  ^ Pyle, Richard (June 27, 2004). "Retired Concorde
Concorde
lands in museum". Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Associated Press. p. 8A.  ^ http://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/de-havilland-dh-106-comet-mk-4c ^ " Lockheed M-21
Lockheed M-21
Blackbird." The Museum
Museum
of Flight. Retrieved: September 2, 2011. ^ First Boeing
Boeing
727, now restored, takes final flight by: Siemny Kim Updated: Mar 2, 2016; KIRO-TV ^ "Super Constellation CF-TGE." rbogash.com. Retrieved: November 26, 2010. ^ "Alcor Lamson." Archived 2012-08-19 at the Wayback Machine. Activate Media, 2006. Retrieved: 20 May 2011. ^ Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 46. Soaring Society of America
Soaring Society of America
November 1983. USPS 499-920 ^ " Lamson L-106 Alcor Glider." Museum
Museum
of Flight, May 2011. Retrieved: 20 May 2011. ^ Baugher, Joe. "1942 USAAF Serial Numbers (42-001 to 42-30031)." American Military Aircraft. Retrieved: September 2, 2011. ^ http://t95019.eos-intl.net/T95019/OPAC/Index.aspx ^ http://www.museumofflight.org/collections/research ^ American Library Directory. 2 (64th ed.). Information Today, Inc. 2011–2012. pp. 2568–2576. ISBN 978-1-57387-411-3. 

Bibliography

Ogden, Bob. Great Aircraft
Aircraft
Collections of the World. New York: Gallery Books, 1986. ISBN 0-8317-4066-3.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Museum
Museum
of Flight, Seattle.

Official website Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

v t e

Museums in the Puget Sound region

Art

911 Media Arts Center Bellevue Arts Museum Cascadia Art Museum Frye Art Museum Henry Art Gallery Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park Museum
Museum
of Glass Museum
Museum
of Northwest Art Olympic Sculpture Park Seattle
Seattle
Art Museum Seattle
Seattle
Asian Art Museum Tacoma Art Museum Whatcom Museum
Museum
of History and Art

Aviation

Flying Heritage Collection Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing
Boeing
Tour Heritage Flight Museum McChord Air Museum Museum
Museum
of Flight Olympic Flight Museum Port Townsend Aero Museum

Children's

Hands On Children's Museum Imagine Children's Museum KidsQuest Children's Museum Seattle
Seattle
Children's Museum

Culture

Museum
Museum
of Pop Culture Nordic Heritage Museum Northwest African American Museum Suquamish Museum Quinault Museum Wing Luke Museum
Museum
of the Asian Pacific American Experience

History

DuPont Museum Eastside Heritage Center Edmonds Historical Museum Harbor History Museum History House of Greater Seattle Issaquah Historical Museums Karshner Museum Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Mukilteo Light Museum
Museum
of History and Industry Renton History Museum Seattle
Seattle
Metropolitan Police Museum Seattle
Seattle
Underground Washington State History Museum

Maritime

Browns Point Light Center for Wooden Boats Coast Guard Museum
Museum
Northwest Northwest Seaport Snagboat Heritage Center Working Waterfront Maritime Museum

Military

Coast Guard Museum
Museum
Northwest Lewis Army Museum McChord Air Museum Naval Undersea Museum Puget Sound Navy Museum Washington National Guard Museum

Natural sciences

Burke Museum
Museum
of Natural History and Culture Museum
Museum
and Arts Center, Sequim, Washington

Science and technology

America's Car Museum Bellingham Railway Museum Georgetown Steam Plant Living Computers: Museum
Museum
+ Labs Museum
Museum
of Communications Pacific Science Center SPARK Museum
Museum
of Electrical Invention Vintage Motorcycle Museum

See also: List of museums in Washington
List of museums in Washington
and Museums and ga

.