Museum of Flight Unveils New Aviation Pavilion

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The Museum of Flight will preview for the media its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion on June 23, 10 a.m. to noon. The 9-story high, roofed outdoor gallery doubles the Museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history, establishing a new Seattle landmark and one of the world’s grand displays of historic aircraft. The media preview will include Museum executive and curatorial staff members, tour guides, the Pavilion’s architects and exhibit developers, with dozens of grade school children exploring the space for the first time.

The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the dramatic development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be seen anywhere else. The Pavilion also offers a cafe and children’s play area with a mini airport terminal under the wings of the first 747 Jumbo Jet.
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The Aviation Pavilion
The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion is a covered, outside gallery with 15 rare and unique commercial and military airplanes. The Pavilion also offers the first-ever exhibit about the business of air freight. The FedEx Air Cargo exhibit, housed within a 34 ft. fuselage section of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter, is an interactive, behind-the-scenes exploration into the world of air deliveries. The Museum’s Boeing 747 prototype, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Concorde will be open to the public daily. The building covers more area than two football fields, and is 90 ft. high.
The Pavilion Collection
For the first time, the Museum’s unrivaled collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place. The airliner exhibit includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747 jets, the extremely rare Douglas DC-2 airliner 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.
  • Aircraft Roster
  • Antonov An-2 Colt (1977, cargo/passenger plane, world’s largest single engine biplane)
  • Boeing 247D* (1932, first “modern” airliner, very rare, world’s only flyable example)
  • Boeing 727* (1962, airliner prototype)
  • Boeing 737 (1963, airliner prototype)
  • Boeing 747 (1969, airliner prototype)
  • Boeing 787 (2010, Number 3 airliner test aircraft)
  • Boeing VC-137B “Air Force One”* (1958, based on the Boeing 707, Museum’s is the first Presidential jet)
  • Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress (1943, bomber, world’s only flyable example of a B-17F)
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress (1945, bomber)
  • Boeing WB-47E Stratojet (1951, world’s first large multi-engine swept-wing airplane)
  • Concorde (1978 supersonic airliner, the only example on the West Coast)
  • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II (1966, Navy attack plane, former Blue Angels aircraft)
  • Douglas DC-2 (1934, airliner, world’s only flyable example, very rare, developed into iconic DC-3)
  • Grumman A-6E Intruder (1970 Navy/Marine attack bomber)
  • Grumman F9F-8 Cougar (1953, Navy/Marine fighter)
  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat (1976, Navy fighter)
  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier (2000, Marine fighter, vertical takeoff and landing capabilities)
  • Northrup Grumman EA-6B Prowler, (1971, Navy electronic warfare jet)

*Aircraft located on the Museum East Campus until September 2016, then relocated to Aviation Pavilion

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About The Museum of Flight 
Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23 on-site and $21 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21 per adult, $13 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

2016 Boeing Centennial Exhibits
The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its centennial, 2016. The Museum-wide Boeing recognition will be enhanced with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.

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4 Comments

  1. Nice addition but if it was me, I would have enclosed the pavilion with glass and installed air conditioning/heating system. Aircraft preservation enhanced in a secure interior building well protected from the elements and Seattle’s wealthy can easily donate to this enclosure project for the pavilion.

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