The Boeing Museum of Flight

museum-of-flightLast ‘Holiday Season,’ we visited the . By ‘we’, I mean most of the extended family, including my parents, sister, and my brother-in-law. One of the cliches of living in any town is that you never really visit the attractions nearby. In my case, that included the Museum of Flight, and I was really happy I finally went.
As museums go, this one is excellent. There is a fantastic exhibit on the start of aviation, including a very detailed Wright Brothers fabrication shop. I was amazed by the the wind tunnel that they constructed to test lift of their wing designs, and was further amazed to learn that they actually ‘fixed’ the drag co-efficient algorithm to achieve flight. There was also an incredible ‘Space’ exhibit, with interactive displays documenting the beginnings of rocketry and the Space Program here in the United States.

red_barn_and_galleryAs cool as the indoor displays were, my favorite part was outside. You walk over the adjacent street over this really cool covered walkway, and then, there before you, are an actual British Airways Concorde (that you can walk through!), and a retired Air Force One. Whoa!

I had a very difficult time fitting the whole Concorde into a picture. I was using my cell camera, but that thing is LONG. L O N G. Really long. Walking through was very interesting – the plane is tiny inside by today’s standards. One very narrow aisle, with two sets on either side. That’s it. I have no idea of how the flight attendants managed it, pushing carts laden with Dom Perignon.

Air Force One was equally interesting (and also primitive). Cabin room seemed almost as restricted, and paled in comparison to modern jet accomodations. It also reeked stank smelled bad still had the odor of stale cigarettes, 50 years later.

Check out the very cool website for the museum – on top of being an excellent museum, they also have an excellent site. I highly recommend going there if you are in Seattle. If you actually live here, don’t wait 30 years like I did.