The Tower at Boeing Field

Museum Location: 
T. A. Wilson Great Gallery
Exhibit Type: 
Permanent Exhibits
Exhibit Status: 
Current Exhibits

The Museum of Flight reopened its newly renovated and updated Tower exhibit about flight and air traffic control on May 9, 2009. Created by the Museum’s Exhibits staff, the interactive exhibits engage visitors in how air traffic controllers keep air travelers safe in the busy skies and airports of United States. Visitors can learn how pilots communicate and work with people on the ground to navigate through traffic at airports and stay safely separated from other airplanes. Visitors are able to view the King County International Airport (KCIA) airfield from the best vantage point in the Museum. They can also hear the KCIA air traffic controllers and pilots as they approach and land at the airport.

In addition to exhibits about air traffic control, there are four exhibits about flight on the bridge leading to the Tower. These exhibits highlight current ideas about the evolution and biomechanics of animal flight, basic concepts of physics applied to flight, the history of human flight and our planet’s weather and how it affects flight.  
The flight path visualization artwork at the entrance to the Tower is Flight Patterns by Aaron Koblin.