The Museum of Flight
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
70Trip End Mar 17, 2013
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I went to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA today. I had heard it was good but as soon as I had parked and had seen some of the planes displayed outside and realized the size of the building I was pretty sure that what I had heard was true.
The entrance to the building is between three large display areas. The area to the left is mostly one huge room that they call the Great Gallery with planes on the floor as well as many hung from the ceiling. These planes range from replicas of the Wright Brothers first plane to relatively recent models. There are other areas off to the sides with displays on space travel and air traffic control.
A bit to the right of the lobby is The Red Barn. This is the original Boeing plant although it has been relocated. Some areas are set up to try and show what it looked like when it was being used for aircraft assembly but most of it contains displays about the history of the company.
Farther to the right of the lobby is a two-story area with World War II displays on the lower floor and World War I displays on the upper floor. The emphasis is on aviation during these two conflicts but a lot of historical information is included as well.
This building connects to a bridge that crosses the road in front of the museum. On the other side of the bridge is the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. Charles Simonyi was the first civilian to buy a seat on a space flight. The gallery contains displays on space travel including a Space Shuttle Trainer known as the Full Fuselage Trainer that NASA used to train astronauts for Space Shuttle missions. Outside of this building are several planes including a Concorde and an Air Force One, both of which you can go inside, and the first 727 and 737 ever produced.
After the museum I headed for Slim's Last Chance, which has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.