Seattle: Museum of Flight

So my work conference in Seattle was good, but now I found myself “stranded.” Owing to a once-in-a-generation extreme cold back in the Midwest, my flight back home to Milwaukee was canceled. Then it was canceled for the next two days. So I ended up extended my trip by three days in Seattle.

What to do? I had been to the Space Needle before, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Pike Place Market. I decided to take an Uber and visit the Museum of Flight near Boeing Field, located in Tukwila, just south of Seattle.

I was not disappointed. I think one of my earliest memories is flying with my mom out to California. I remember the flight attendant affixing wings on my shirt!

For me, the star of the museum is their outdoor covered aviation pavilion. This place is every aviation geek’s dream!

I was able to go onboard a British Airways Concorde.

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British Airways Concorde

And right next to the Concorde is an Air Force One that was used extensively by LBJ and Nixon.

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Air Force One

You can also go on board the City of Everett, the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet ever built.

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First Boeing 747

Then it’s on to newer jets like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The grounds also feature the “Red Barn” – it was an original Boeing manufacturing facility.

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The early Boeing headquarters

The rest of the museum features exhibits dedicated to aviation history and advancements, both military and civilian.

It’s definitely worth a visit for aviation enthusiasts. I visited on a weekday morning in January, and at times, felt like I had the place to myself.

Here are more pics from the Museum of Flight. Check out my Flickr album for more Seattle pics.

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