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Exhibits - Permanent

The Museum of Flight showcases its collection of more than 150 historic air and spacecraft and related artifacts in unique and inspiring exhibits. There is something for everyone to experience in these dynamic displays presenting events that have carried us from Kitty Hawk to the Moon.

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Walk in the footsteps of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon on this presidential 707 jet. The livery and interior of the Museum's Air Force One are preserved as originally envisioned by designer Raymond Loewy.

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World's fastest jetliner retires to The Museum of Flight! British Airways has donated one of its recently retired Concorde supersonic airliners to the Museum. The jet, one of only twenty Concordes ever built, is the only one on display on the West Coast and one of only four outside Europe.

Great Gallery

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Board a US Air Boeing 737 and relax in business class for a showing the feature program Time Flies: A Century of Flight.

The Museum of Flight's UH-1H Huey will be installed in the Great Gallery on Friday, May 25. Huey #69-15140 was flown by B Company, 158th Aviation Battalion during the Viet Nam War, and participated in the largest helicopter assault of the conflict.

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Learn about a group of rugged aviators that made history in the early 20th century by conquering adversity in one of the world's most remote places. Bush pilots played a key role in the development of the Alaska Territory, even after it became a state in 1959.

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Take the pilot seat—climb into the cockpit of a real SR-71A Blackbird plane or a full-scale mock-up of an F/A-18L Hornet fighter.

 

The Museum's HH-52 Seaguard is on display in the Museum's Great Gallery. This workhorse of the United States Coast Guard is credited with saving over 15,000 lives.

Let your kid be the pilot! Enter the Museum's fantastic children's exhibit through a large mural depicting aerial imagery from the local area. Young intrepid flyers can strap into flight harnesses to test their piloting skills in one of two hang gliding simulators.

The Museum of Flight has installed the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra flown by Linda Finch in 1997 when she recreated Amelia Earhart's final flight! See the Electra in the Great Gallery today!

On March 11, 2013 the Museum of Flight installed one of just 11 Lockheed YO-3A's ever built. Lockheed’s Missile and Space Division designed the YO-3A as a nearly silent observation aircraft. The United States Army used the plane to spot nighttime enemy activity and direct artillery fire during the war in Vietnam.

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Re-enact the kind of space docking activities astronauts like Conrad performed during their missions.

The Sky-bots exhibit in the Museum's Great Gallery takes a look at the history and uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. The exhibit features several historically significant UAVs, including a German V-1; the Insitu Aerosonde, the first pilotless aircraft to fly across the Atlantic; and the Dark Star, the first attempt to make a "stealth" drone.

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Marvel at one of the fastest aircraft ever built. The Blackbird family of aircraft cruised at speeds of more than Mach 3 and altitudes of over 85,000 feet (25,500 m).

Learn about the principles of flight and how an Air Traffic Control tower operates. See current weather conditions live from the web.

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Reflect on the beginnings of a service most people take for granted. In the early 20th century, flying mail across the U.S. was a considerably dangerous task achieved only by the most skilled and adventurous pilots.

Lear Gallery

A highly detailed scale model of the Apollo 17 mission made by modeler Dave Gianakos.

Land the Apollo lunar module on the moon or bring the space shuttle in to a perfect landing. Share the experiences of astronauts from the Pacific Northwest and climb inside a full size replica of the International Space Station’s Destiny Research Laboratory.

The Perlan glider -in which Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set the world altitude record- is now on display in the Museum of Flight's Lear Gallery. It will serve as the focal point for an exhibit, opening in April, on the science of soaring, the Perlan project and the many personal achievements of its two pilots.

Memorial Bridge

Visit the newest addition to the Museum. Immerse yourself in the music and sounds of aviation and space exploration and learn about local historical events and landmarks in the neighborhood of the Museum while safely crossing East Marginal Way South.

Museum Lobby

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See the newest addition to the Museum's lobbya 1/10 scale of the balloon that carried humans aloft in the first free flight on November 21, 1783.

Personal Courage Wing

This October our Curtiss JN-4D Jenny got its wings.

The Holtgrewe Model Collection, which features 153 used during WWI rendered at 1/48 scale, is now on display in the upper gallery of the Museum's Personal Courage Wing. The centerpiece of the new collection is a 13 1/2-foot long model Zeppelin, complete with interior lighting.

Admire Dr. Holtgrewe's model collection of over 400 World War II aircraft and search through a database for the history of each war plane and their contribution to the war effort.

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See the planes and artifacts that helped forge the history of a century and learn how that history shaped our world.

Follow the consequences of World War II through history’s greatest conflict. Ten fighter aircraft representing all the major combatants serve as guideposts for your exploration of interactive exhibits on the men and women who designed built and flew these planes in every theater of the war.

Red Barn

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Travel a hundred years in the past to the time when the dream of powered aviation had just become a reality. 

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Explore the in depth history of The Boeing Company from the turbulent formative years through its emergence as a dominant global giant at the dawn of the Jet Age.

William M. Allen Theater

Learn about the men and women that have made significant contributions to the development of the aerospace industry in the Northwest.

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Meet one of the most influential men in 20th century aviation—Boeing's former president William M. Allen. Some of his personal memorabilia are on display just outside the Museum's main theater, named in his honor.