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February 22nd, 2006 · 5 Comments

I had an overnight in Seattle last week. I checked into the hotel at about 1230 PM, so rather than hole-up in the hotel room on such a nice day, some sight-seeing was in order.

I caught a bus and headed over to the Museum of Flight and promptly lost myself for nearly four hours.

Don’t worry. I took a camera!

I had the opportunity to take a tour of one of my favorite airplanes, known as Concorde. I only wish I’d had the chance to fly on one before they were retired from service!

Concorde’s technical data.

The original Boeing Airplane Co. workshop still stands, and is now part of the museum.

Inside the original building are examples of many of the tools and processes that were used to build airplanes during Boeing’s very early years.

Here are a few early wind-tunnel models. The one on the bottom left is a model of the famed Boeing B-17, while the top right is a model of the Boeing 247. These models are obviously not to the same scale, as the B-17 was a bigger aircraft.

The Great Gallery is loaded with aircraft of all shapes, sizes, and types. Some are displayed at “Ground Level,” while others are displayed at “Cloud Level.”

Another of my all-time favorite airplanes is displayed in the Great Gallery. This Lockheed M-21 Blackbird sits center-stage. This is the only M-21 on display that is mated to its D-21 drone counterpart. The D-21 can be seen on the back of the Blackbird, between it’s two vertical stabilizers.

Another dramatic display is this Stephens Akro aerobatic aircraft, displayed as if it were flying knife-edge.

The Museum of Flight offers other interesting displays, including an entire building called the Personal Courage Wing, in which aircraft from World War I and World War II are displayed. Also, there’s a Boeing VC-137B that was “Air Force One” for several Presidents.

This was an outstanding display, to say the least. Anyone getting the opportunity to visit The Museum of Flight shouldn’t pass it up!

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  • 1 Aviatrix // Feb 22, 2006 at 6:33 am

    I’ve toured a Concorde. It didn’t have nav lights. The volunteer told me it had a waiver allowing it to do without. I thought that very odd. Not sure if I believe it.

  • 2 All the hardways // Feb 22, 2006 at 9:35 am

    GC, nice photos! It sure looked like a beautiful day in Seattle! I visited the Museum of Flight last spring after I got my private pilot’s license, but it was a drizzling, cold and gloomy day! My photos turned out pretty bad!

    Will you have another trip to Seattle in the near future? The Boeing Everett Tour Center is worth seeing, although you won’t be allowed to take photos or even bring your cellphone in beyond the tour center.

  • 3 Neil // Feb 22, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    Looks great! I recently visited the Udvar Hazy Air&Space museum at Dulles. The look very similar. Dulles has an Air France concorde and its own SR-71…

    While talking to a curator there, I referred to concorde as “the concorde”. I think most people do, as you did in your post. I was told this was incorrect, ..that there was no “the”. She’s just concorde. Eh, go figure. : )

  • 4 GC // Feb 22, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    You know what? You’re absolutely right. As I was writing, I was thinking that very thing, yet I let the word “The” slip in there accidentally.

  • 5 Capt. Wilko // Mar 1, 2006 at 4:30 am

    Awesome pictures!! I’m with Neil, if you’re ever in the D.C. area definitely stop by the air and space museum’s Udvar Hazy hanger. A lot of beautiful planes there including the Concorde, the Enola Gay and countless others. The only downfall is you can’t go inside the aircraft. Still an awesome display. The nose gear of the A340 is especially amazing. There are probably more systems in it to learn than in most GA aircraft!

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