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    The Museum of Flight - Seattle

    On vacation this week in Seattle, my son and I went to The Museum of Flight. What a great exhibit they have. Originally I was mostly wanting to see the wood shop and some of the tools there, but turned out to be a whole lot more to see than I had anticipated. We ran out of time as it wasn't a planned trip and got there late, so I missed a couple of floors of exhibits as well.

    Here are my photos, I tried to get a plaque picture just after each plane pic to show what they were. I was excited to see the Goodyear Corsair, as my grandmother worked at the factory where they made assembly parts for them during the war.

    https://goo.gl/photos/6keBXoDkkKzjBrHe7


    One interesting fact I learned from one of the curators we spoke with, was you'll note on the wood lathe, there is a furniture leg. He mentioned that after the war, the airplane contracts dried up, but Mr. Boeing wanted to keep his workers employed, so they made furniture for a short time.

    I was told that the restoration shop up in Everette is open for tours as well. They typically have 4 restorations going at once there and have acquired a B52 bomber that is being restored and will eventually be moved to the museum. Of course, as part of I believe the "Treaty on Open Skies" it has to stay parked outside where it can be seen from satellite by other parties that signed the treaty and see that it is indeed not being used.
    Darren

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    Wow! What a fantastic collection they have. Definitely in my list the next time I'm in that neighbourhood.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures, Darren.

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    What a display!! Looks like a 3 day jaunt to do the museum justice. This looks like a destination vacation. Good for you.
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    Wow, that's totally amazing. I have to go there
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    Wow wow wow. Thanks for sharing very good pics. Definitely a 3 day visit place.

    What a quality museum. Love the way they have access to exhibits. I gotta plan a visit to it. Been to many like it, but this looks to me like it tops the others. The Smithsonian Air Space in Washington cant touch this in my view and the Tucson Pima air museum can be unpleasant if you happen to visit on a really hot day. But the collection you show is unrivaled in my opinion.

    Now as a New Canadian, I have to point out they missing a key plane that should not be forgotten for its role it played in the development of fighter jet engines....Avro Arrow. I think USA benefitted from it being shut down as a program through the engineers involved moving across the border to continue jet engine development.

    Interesting about your Grandma, building Corsairs, my Mom was a quality inspector for Spitfire parts in the war. She was not popular with the girls who were operating machines and being paid piece work when she rejected a part.

    I never ever heard of the existence of the Blackbird drone version. Man the Blackbird captures my mind as the all time best plane developed. At Tucson they have theirs in a hangar and you can get real up close. Its some serious engineering piece.

    As a youngster in my teenage years, with NO tv i spent my pocket money on model plane kits and build most of the WW 2 planes that were available on all sides. It really was educational. Cant help but feel today that kids are being robbed of a life by Pokemon and a "Smarphone".

    I always loved the look of the Phantom fighter and still think if i were a general one of my weapons of choice in a battle would be that cruise missile. It sure as served well to be able let the enemy have from afar.

    Great pics sorry to hear you had so little time there. Nothing beats actual visit to these places, i prefer going to them on my own as Linda would rather be frying on a beach so imagine how fast a tour of a place like this is done lol.
    cheers

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    Thanks for sharing this Darren. As a retired AF pilot, I'm always interested in another aviation museum. My favorites are Smithsonian Air & Space (both facilities) - Washington, D.C., Air Force Museum - Dayton, OH, and Frontiers of Flight - Dallas. There are 3 other aviation museums in the DFW area if you get down this way sometime.

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    I missed the drone at first, getting caught up in the picture of the P-38 and remembering the Greenland recovery effort a few years ago (and wondering if that was one of them).

    I do have to wonder though, how much of that drone plane, is the father of their automated micro shuttle the military/intelligence uses.

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    I had been in Seattle several times and missed that. Wanted to go but there wasn't time. I was on Uncle Sam's nickle so he was calling the shots on get to do or don't. Of course there were other places where I had that same dilemma. Oh, well. All I can do now is think on it and pout I guess. My traveling days are over for me. Done enough of it already. Maybe.

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    Great pictures, Darren, and a great recommendation - it will go on my bucket list.

    For years the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington was my favorite. Then I discovered their relatively new annex 25 miles away at Dulles Airport - WOW! (It is free as are all Smithsonian museums, but the parking, as I recall, was $15 - Dulles is not yet accessible by Washington Metro). Among it's 3000 aircraft are the Space Shuttle Discovery, The SR71 Stealth 2000 mph plane, The first 707 (before it was called 707), Air France Concorde, the actual Enola Gay (of Hiroshima fame).

    Somebody else did a pretty good summary at
    http://www.airlinereporter.com/2015/...ulles-airport/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Wow wow wow. Thanks for sharing very good pics. Definitely a 3 day visit place.



    As a youngster in my teenage years, with NO tv i spent my pocket money on model plane kits and build most of the WW 2 planes that were available on all sides. It really was educational. Cant help but feel today that kids are being robbed of a life by Pokemon and a "Smarphone".

    I always loved the look of the Phantom fighter and still think if i were a general one of my weapons of choice in a battle would be that cruise missile. It sure as served well to be able let the enemy have from afar.

    Great pics sorry to hear you had so little time there. Nothing beats actual visit to these places, i prefer going to them on my own as Linda would rather be frying on a beach so imagine how fast a tour of a place like this is done lol.
    \

    Interesting Rob I bought my Grandson a Model car kit and I don't think he ever took it out of the box...I am pretty pro tech but outside the so called makers very little interest in hands on stuff anymore.

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