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Museum of Flight Awarded Full-Fuselage Shuttle Trainer
SEATTLE – April 12, 2011 – The Museum of Flight announced today it will house a full-fuselage space shuttle trainer in its new state-of-the-art, 15,500-square-foot Space Gallery. The space shuttle trainer is the only one of its kind in the world and is the simulator in which every space shuttle astronaut trained for space flight.
The Space Gallery had the potential to house a retired United States space shuttle, but today NASA announced the space shuttles will be given to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
“While we are happy for the cities which have been awarded one the retiring space shuttles, we are thrilled to receive the full-fuselage shuttle trainer,” said Doug King, Museum of Flight president and CEO. “Not only is it a unique and exciting educational artifact to have as a centerpiece of our Space Gallery, but, unlike the actual shuttles, we will be able to allow the public to walk inside it and actually see where the shuttle astronauts trained.”
The gallery will also house numerous other rare space artifacts that will be part of a one-of-a-kind exhibit about space and engaging the next generation of space explorers through hands-on learning.
The Space Gallery is being built on the west side of East Marginal Way, connected to the main building by the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge. Soon after the completion of the Space Gallery, construction will begin on a new building for Aviation High School on the Museum campus.
“The new Space Gallery and Aviation High School building will be invaluable and significant additions to The Museum of Flight and will continue to grow our reputation as one of the premier air and space education institutions in the nation,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired astronaut and Wings Over Washington executive director. “The new Space Gallery and Aviation High School building will serve as a beacon to both youth and young adults, and help add to the more than 140,000 individuals that are already served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs.”
For more information, or to interview Museum President and CEO Doug King, retired astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Kevin Callaghan or incoming Chairman of the Board Mike Hallman, please contact Lee Keller at (206)799-3805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn®—the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Associations of Museums, and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.