Museum of Flight
August 15, 2018
You might be checking out the apartments for rent in Redmond because you heard about how fantastic this part of the Pacific Northwest is to live. The beautiful backdrops of Washington State and the chill atmosphere make a great case for living here all on their own. There’s more excitement to be had around these parts, though, especially if you’re into learning a thing or two at a local museum.
We’re referring to, in this instance, the nearby Museum of Flight in Seattle, the “largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world.” What wonders will you find when you venture within? What fun does it hold in store for you and your family? Today, we’ll be looking at exactly that. Read on, as we explore the many facets of this amazing facility and how you can plan a great trip to enjoy everything it has to offer.
The Museum of Flight: The Basics
So, you might already have some well-founded ideas of what this museum is like. It’s a flight museum, so planes and aviation accessories are all going to be on display, right? True, but that cursory explanation doesn’t quite do the museum justice. To be more specific, the Museum of Flight has more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft in its collection. There are tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, and dozens of exhibits and experiences along with a world-class library. The museum is truly dedicated to all things flight,
“The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology and the humanities.”
That’s true commitment. A trip here will pique your interest for the topic, even if it isn’t already one of your favorites.
The History of the Museum
The Museum of Flight can trace its roots back to the 1960s, when a “small group of aviation enthusiasts realized that important and historic artifacts representing the evolution of flight were being lost or destroyed at an incredible rate.” The response? Preserve these artifacts and educated the public about the importance of aviation.
They started out in the 10,000 square-foot space known as the Seattle Center, the location of the 1962 World’s Fair, and from there, and later moved to a new location (Boeing Red Barn) in 1975. Since then, they’ve added new elements to the museum, creating what you now see today: a collection of the history of flight and an inspirational testament for the entertainment and education of generations to come.
About Those Exhibits
The airplanes and spacecraft are the meat and potatoes of what the museum has to offer. You’ll find a long list of different craft from throughout the ages here, some of which are nearly as old as the beginnings of manned flight itself. Featured among these many aircraft is the fabled M-21 Blackbird. Pop culture enthusiasts will remember it as the X-Men’s jet of choice during the comic book’s 1990s runs, and aviation aficionados will recognize its role in the CIA Tagboard program:
“The Blackbird family of aircraft cruise at speeds of more than Mach 3 and fly over 85,000 feet (25,500 m) in altitude. Conceived nearly 50 years ago, Blackbirds remain the fastest and highest flying air-breathing production aircraft ever built.”
A unique facet of the Museum of Flight’s Blackbird is that it was constructed in 1963, and is the “sole surviving example of its type.” Though on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, there’s still some time to head down and check out this impressive aircraft in Seattle.
On the spacefaring front, the Apollo Exhibit is a riveting look into the rocket engine that launched the Apollo spacecraft from the earth to the moon. It’s a true marvel of mankind’s engineering prowess, seeing as it was built in the 1960s and managed to propel an object the size of a skyscraper out of Earth’s orbit. This is a first public display of the mighty rockets, along with a few other artifacts from the legendary space race:
“APOLLO will offer treasures large and small from the Space Race, including a rare, early Soviet space suit, a 1992 Russian Resurs 500 spacecraft, sections of NASA’s 1960s Houston Mission Control, a Boeing lunar rover, the first Apollo command module, and the only Viking Mars Lander on Earth.”
And these are only two of the impressive exhibits the museum has to offer. You can also take tours of the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field. This is a 23,000 square-foot site where “thousands of volunteer hours are devoted to renovating and restoring aircraft to exhibition quality.” For a fee, you can see how old aircraft are made viewable once more, and learn more about aviation than you ever thought possible.
If you like what the museum is doing and want to make a contribution, know that donors and volunteers are most welcome. The museum is all about helping out the community, and when the community gives back, it makes for a magical moment. You can learn more on the Museum of Flight website, and reach out through their contact form if you require additional information.
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