The Museum of Flight (Seattle)

Museum of Flight

According to our Geocaching Afternoon we drove south again. Our destination was the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. On today's first Thursday evening of the month, admission was free. The rush was correspondingly great.

Boeing Field
Boeing Field
Museum of Flight
Museum of Flight

Before we plunged into the hustle and bustle of the museum, we watched a rarity take off from the parking lot: an Ameristar McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (N785TW). With a deafening noise, the almost 48-year-old lady took off. A nightmare for all those who live in the flight path – but we liked it.

Ameristar McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (N785TW)
Ameristar McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (N785TW)

Since we still wanted to take advantage of the dwindling daylight, we rushed to the outdoor exhibition as soon as we entered the museum. Here you will find partially walk-in exhibits of the Concorde or Air Force One. Unfortunately, we had to find out that the outdoor area had already been closed for today. So we turned around disappointed and wandered, a bit listlessly, through the space exhibition.

Concorde im geschlossenen Außenbereich
Concorde in the enclosed outdoor area
Raumfahrt Ausstellung
Space Exhibition

It became more interesting for us again in the old Boeing production hall. Here we went through Boeing history, from its founding by William E. Boeing in 1916 to the first successful jetliner, the Boeing 707. We paid great attention to the many advertising posters from the past, where flying was still an event for the rich and beautiful of this world.

After a short detour to the World War II department, we arrived at the tower. This was completely renovated in 2009 and offers the opportunity to learn more about Air Traffic Controllers. Since King County International Airport (KCIA) is still fully operational, we were able to see the landing business jets and cargo planes of DHL and UPS 1A. At the same time, the radio communication between the tower and the pilot was transmitted to the existing headphones.

At the end of our visit to the Museum of Flight, we strolled through the largest exhibition hall. Here, a wide variety of airplane models stand or hang from the ceiling.

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My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

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