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.
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.
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