The Museum of Flight is located south of downtown Seattle at the Boeing Field facility. Folks of all ages will find something to enjoy at this striking showcase of the history of flight.
The tone is set for your exploration as soon as you enter the facility. Hanging above you is a life size model of the famous movable wing manned contraption designed by Leonardo DaVinci. Thus your adventure begins.
Early gliders are displayed, and you cannot help but notice the advancements in the design of the world of aircraft as you proceed through the museum. All aspects of flight are covered, including wing configuration design and the development of engines in aircraft.
The Red Barn is part of the museum and is a turn of the century structure that housed the first Boeing Aircraft factory. The belt driven machinery from the 1920’s is faithfully displayed. This fascinating display shows you how the aircraft industry was not only born, but how the early planes were constructed.
Among the other displays are two floors devoted to the combat aircraft of WWI and WWII. Planes as well as fascinating information detailing the feats of the courageous men who flew combat missions during those wars is shown through the dynamic displays. See the WWII British Spitfire, a Luftwaffe ME109 and a P41 from the famous Flying Tigers Then go upstairs and view the wide variety of WWI bi-planes, mono-planes and tri-planes. Did you know that early in WWI pilots actually carried grappling hooks to hurl at enemy planes? And that they threw bricks at each other before machine guns were mounted on the planes?
Further exploration of the museum will reveal the great hall with an amazing number of aircraft displayed. Everywhere you look there are aircraft on the floor, mounted on the walls or hanging from the three story tall ceiling. The only remaining Blackbird spy plane is the centerpiece of this remarkable room. It is huge!
The museum has two seperate buildings. An above the street walkway leads to the Space Shuttle display. The original trainer used to train the Space Shuttle crews takes up most of the wide open building. A couple of simulators give you the chance to bring the Shuttle in for a landing, if you think you can! Don’t miss the Russian Space Capsule in the corner. You can still see the charred exterior from when the capsule re-entered the atmosphere.
Next go outside and take a walk through Air Force One. This plane served all Presidents from Eisenhower to Nixon. Look for the special Heat/AC panel installed for LBJ. It seems he wanted to control the temperature in the plane. A fake panel was installed. LBJ never knew he had been scammed by his staff.
When in Seattle take the time to visit the Museum of Flight. It is part of the CityPass system. Information can be found on the museum website.