**Update 11/19/2014 -- The Museum and Boeing are working to get the 787 ready for exhibiting. We hope to have it open by late November or early December."
Museum will accept aircraft from The Boeing Company during ceremony with Boeing employees and flight crews, Dreamliner open to the public
SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2014--On Nov. 8, The Museum of Flight will become the first museum in the world to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its collection. The Boeing Company will donate Dreamliner "Number 3" to the Museum during an 11 a.m. ceremony with Doug King, President and CEO of The Museum of Flight, and numerous Boeing leaders and employees. The airplane will be in the Museum's East Parking Lot, and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and all day Sunday, Nov. 9. The ceremony and entry to the aircraft are free with admission to the Museum.
To celebrate the Dreamliner's arrival, the museum will be free for all Boeing employees, retirees, and suppliers, plus up to six guests apiece on November 8-9. Employees and retirees must show proof of Boeing employment to take advantage of this offer.
The aircraft will be temporarily relocated and closed to the public Nov. 10-21 while it is being prepared for permanent exhibition, beginning Nov. 22.
Dreamliner Number 3
This particular 787, ZA003, was the third Dreamliner built. It first flew on March 14, 2010. In addition to its role in the flight test and certification program, Boeing flew Number 3 to 23 countries during a global showcase of the 787 called the Dream Tour. While on exhibit at the Museum, the airplane's interior will be partially configured as an airliner and flight test aircraft, with the remaining space devoted to displays covering the development of the 787, including artifacts from the program.
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