Museum of Flight
Museum Of Flight
I was on Ferrari mission in Seattle Washington, and had a couple of hours to kill, so I headed over to the Museum of Flight near the Seattle/Tacoma airport. My mission in Seattle will be explained as soon as I am comfortable with sharing the details, but trust me, if all goes well, it will be worth the wait!
There was almost too much for me to see in the short time we had to tour the Museum, but luckily there were museum docents available to take us around on a private tour to make better sense of the history. Everywhere we looked there was something interesting. With the proximity of the Boeing factory, a lot of the History of Aviation in the Northwest was explained.
Outside were examples of the Concorde where we could board the aircraft and see what it might have been like to travel at Mach 2.
I’ve always been told these planes were very narrow, with only two passenger seats on either side of the aisle, but I never realized how long they were. Although the whole length of the plane was not open to the public, you could really see these were long and skinny! Here’s a shot of the cockpit.
Airforce One in the era of a Boeing 707 was on hand for us to see. This was one of two 707s that transported President Kennedy and LBJ.
Inside the museum were tons of great airplanes. I couldn’t imagine flying in this Tri-Motor as a commercial transport with a fabric fuselage and no real heat, but it was the first commerical airplane to offer onboard beverages and a toilet!
This DC-3 is probably one of my favorite planes because of its sleek design and service history. A fantastic sturdy plane still in service today, all designed by the use of a slide rule! In fact, I realized during my tour how many of the greatest planes of avaition were designed without the aid of a computer!
A cool display was this Pratt and Whitney R-4360 28 cylinder radial engine nicknamed the “corn cob.” This was probably the pinicale of radial engine design and powered famous planes like the Corsair and Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.
Even though I was in Seattle for business, it was nice to take a side trip to see some great planes!
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