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Media contact: Eden Hopkins
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9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
The Museum is located approximately ten minutes south of downtown Seattle on the southwest corner of Boeing Field/King County International Airport. Take Exit 158 from Interstate 5 or Metro Bus Route 174. Auto parking is free of charge. Limited fly-in parking is also available by prior arrangement. Call Museum Security at 206-764-5710 with aircraft type and estimated time of arrival.
Museum galleries are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on the first Thursday of every month until 9:00 p.m.
Adults (ages 18–64), $9.50
Seniors (age 65 and over), $8.50
Youths (ages 5–17), $5.00
10 or more paying adults or seniors, $8.50 each
10 or more paying youths, $4.00 each
Children under age 5 are free. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free to all from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month courtesy of Wells Fargo.
Museum tours led by specially trained volunteer docents are free with Museum admission. Half-hour Highlight Tours and hourlong Barnstormer Tours are run at regular intervals throughout the day on a walk-in basis. Advance reservations are preferred for groups of ten or more. Call the Scheduling Office at 206-764-1384.
The existing Boeing Field campus consists of a 185,075-sq.-ft. main complex and a 35,000-sq.-ft. Library and Archives annex. The main Museum building includes:
• The Great Gallery, a 3 million-cu.-ft., six-story glass-and-steel exhibit hall currently containing 38 full-size historic aircraft, 22 of which—including the nine-ton Douglas DC-3—hang from the space-frame ceiling in flight attitude.
• The Red Barn®, the two-story 1909 wooden structure recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as the birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Co. and the oldest existing aircraft manufacturing facility in the United States.
• Additional galleries totaling 18,800 sq. ft.
• The William M. Allen Theater, a 268-seat auditorium featuring facilities for 16-, 35- and 70mm film, video and data projection.
• The Museum Store, featuring a wide range of aviation- and space-related merchandise for all ages. (Open during gallery hours; Museum admission not required.)
• Wings Café, a full-service 132-seat eatery. (Open during gallery hours; Museum admission not required.)
• Museum administrative offices
Currently, construction is underway on the first phase of a three-part master expansion plan that will ultimately more than double the size of the existing Boeing Field campus. Phase I is the 88,000-sq.-ft. Personal Courage Wing, which is slated to open to the public in June of 2004. This two-story structure will house galleries devoted to World War I and World War II aviation, as well as expanded facilities for archival storage and staff offices.
In addition to the Boeing Field campus, the Museum also operates a Restoration Center at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Wash. This facility is home to some three dozen aircraft in varying stages of restoration by the Museum’s volunteer restoration crews. The public is welcome to visit the Restoration Center free of charge Tuesday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The Restoration Center is located at 2909 100th St. S.W., Hangar C72, Everett, Wash. 98024. Telephone: 425-745-5150.
Through May 31, 2003, the Museum will continue to operate the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Ariz. The Champlin Fighter Collection and other Champlin Museum assets were acquired by The Museum of Flight in 2000, and most of the aircraft will be moved to Seattle beginning in the late spring or early summer of 2003. The Champlin Fighter Museum is located at 4636 Fighter Aces Dr., Mesa, Ariz. 85215. Telephone: 480-830-4540, Web: www.champlinfighter.com.
The air- and spacecraft comprising the Museum’s major artifacts are detailed in a separate media release entitled “The Museum of Flight Collection.” However, the Museum also holds the largest aviation library and archive on the West Coast. Important collections within these holdings include:
• The American Fighter Aces Collection: records and personal memorabilia of the aces.
• The Donald Douglas Collection: designs, photographs and files from the Douglas Aircraft Co.
• The Flying Tigers Collection: records and personal memorabilia of the American Volunteer Group.
• The Gertler Collection: the earliest corporate papers of the Wright, Curtiss and Martin companies.
• The Hatfield Collection: the life's work of aviation historian and collector David Hatfield, documenting the full history of aviation in California.
• The Elrey B. Jeppesen Collection: personal and professional memorabilia of the famous creator of Jeppesen aerial navigation charts.
• The Lear Collection: drawings, photos, and documents on the history of Bill Lear and the Lear Aircraft Corp.
• The John McDonnell Collection: biographical and early corporate information on James McDonnell and the McDonnell Aircraft Co. before it became McDonnell Douglas.
• The Parker Space Collection: more than 200 cu. ft. of documents, photos and drawings covering the Apollo space program.
In addition to the aircraft of the Great Gallery, which represent significant technological, commercial and military milestones from the first century of powered flight, other major long-term exhibits currently on display at the Museum include:
• Air Force One: the history of presidential air travel is presented around and on-board “SAM 970,” the Museum’s Boeing VC-137B—the first presidential jet delivered in 1959 for use by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Air Force One is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily; it is free with Museum admission.
• Apollo: an Apollo Command Module, a Lunar Roving Vehicle mock-up and other artifacts and interactive elements present the history of the race to the Moon.
• Cockpits: visitors can sit in actual cockpits from an F/A-18 Hornet fighter and an SR-71 Blackbird while enjoying an interpretive audio presentation.
• Flight Zone: the Museum’s special interactive youth area in which visitors can learn basic concepts of aerodynamics, flight instrumentation, propulsion and aircraft construction through hands-on activities, as well as sit in actual aircraft and experiment with hang glider and hot-air balloon simulators, among other activities.
• The Red Barn®: birthplace of The Boeing Co., featureing displays on the birth of the aviation industry in the Northwest, as well as other aspects of pre-World War II aviation history.
• Rendezvous in Space: A Tribute to Pete Conrad: an intimate and interactive glimpse into the life of Astronaut Pete Conrad and his fascinating missions.
• 737 Airliner Theater: the cockpit and forward cabin of a former USAir Boeing 737-200 converted into a movie theater featuring the original short film, Time Flies: A Century of Flight.
• Simulators: Museum visitors enjoy several opportunities to experience the thrill of flight while still on the ground. From the pilot-controlled, full-motion X-Pilot simulators that allow unlimited loops, rolls and other aerobatic gyrations to the more sedate Hubble Space Telescope docking units, there is a simulated flight experience at the Museum for everyone.
• The Tower: a full-size reproduction of a typical airport control tower overlooks the runways and taxiways of busy Boeing Field. Hands-on and multimedia displays give the visitor a comprehensive look at the fascinating, complex system that keeps air travel safe for millions every day.
Education is central to the Museum’s mission, and for this reason, the Museum offers the most extensive array of educational programs for youth and adults of any air and space Museum in the country. For youth, the Museum offers almost twenty formal education programs on site and more than a dozen additional programs on an outreach basis.
All formal Museum youth education programs are aligned with Washington state and national standards for math, science and technology education. To assist teachers in making the optimal use of these programs in their curricula, the Museum offers nearly twenty different professional development workshops for teachers, as well as extending free Museum membership to Washington state teachers.
The Museum also offers numerous informal education programs for youth, including a high-school Museum Apprentice Program and an aerospace-themed summer day camp, Aerospace Camp Experience. Detailed information on all the Museum’s youth education programs can be found in the Museum Education Guide, available on request.
Adult and family audiences are served by an aggressive calendar of public programs ranging from lectures and panel discussions to fly-ins and excursions. A complete calendar of upcoming public programs is available online at www.museumofflight.org.
The Museum has extensive facilities for hosting private meeting, receptions, banquets or other special events. Space and rate information is available by calling 206-764-5706 or by visiting www.museumofflight.org on the Web.
The Museum offers five levels of family membership: Navigator ($40 annually), Aviator ($50 annually), Captain ($100 annually), Barnstormer ($500 annually) and Barnstormer Gold ($1,000 annually). All members receive unlimited free admission, two adult membership cards and youth cards, bimonthly subscriptions to the nationally syndicated Flight Journal and the in-house Museum of Flight News, and a 15% discount on Museum Store purchases. Aviator, Captain, Barnstormer and Barnstormer Gold members enjoy additional benefits, including guest passes and invitations to special Museum openings and events. Membership details are available at 206-764-5711.
Governance and Staffing:
The Museum is operated by the Museum of Flight Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. Current Board membership is detailed in a separate media release, “Museum of Flight Foundation Board of Trustees, 2002–2003.”
The Museum currently employs a professional staff of approximately 110 full-time and 30 part-time and seasonal employees.