The Aviation Pavilion opens to the public on June 25! To celebrate, the Museum will host “Paint the Ave to the Pav,” a fun-filled community sidewalk painting project on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aviation themed giveaways will be offered for the first 500 visitors on Saturday and Sunday! Don’t miss a chance to make your mark on the sidewalk and experience the new gallery.
The official ribbon cutting will commence at 11:30 a.m. by the DC-2!
For the first time, the Museum’s unrivaled collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place. The 3-acre display focuses on the dramatic development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present. The airliner exhibit includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jets, the first jet Air Force One, the extremely rare Boeing 247D and Douglas DC-2 airliners from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up includes three big bombers—World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf. Note: Air Force One, Boeing 727 and Boeing 247D will be exhibited outside of the Pavilion, next to the Museum entrance, until fall 2016.
The Pavilion also offers the first-ever exhibit about the business of air freight. The FedEx Air Cargo exhibit, built from the fuselage of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter, is a highly interactive, behind-the-scenes exploration into the world of air deliveries. The Pavilion also offers daily tours, a café, and a children’s play area in one of Seattle’s largest covered spaces.
The Museum and Pavilion will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all events are free with admission to the Museum.