Craig O’Neill

Marketing Communications Manager


SEATTLE— The Museum of Flight is offering visitors the opportunity to “pilot” either a P-51 Mustang or an F-18 Hornet jet through 360-degree rolls and loops in its new X-Pilot interactive flight simulators. The high-tech, virtual reality experience will be available to Museum visitors beginning Saturday, August 31, 2002.

In the new two-seat virtual reality simulators, two pilots at a time are launched from an aircraft carrier on a simulated fighter strike mission. They completely control the motion of the simulator, determining whether their flight is wild or mild. Meanwhile, computer-generated graphics depicting the flight path, terrain and other aircraft are displayed on a 58-inch cockpit screen, completing the most realistic simulation available of the actual sensations of flight in a high-performance jet.

There will be two X-Pilot simulators available at The Museum of Flight. The four-minute flight experience costs $5 for the month of September and $8 thereafter, $7 for museum members.

The installation of the X-Pilot simulators is part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to offer visitors the chance to experience the sense of flight as well as the history of flight. Other ongoing opportunities available at the Museum include scenic biplane rides offered by Olde Thyme Aviation, introductory flight lessons from Wings Aloft, and several other simulator-based experiences.

The Museum of Flight features 59 full-size, historically significant air- and spacecraft, some two dozen of which are suspended in flight attitude from the steel-truss ceiling of the all-glass Great Gallery. Included in the collection are America’s first presidential jet, a Boeing VC-137B; the world’s first fighter plane, the 1914 Caproni Ca 20; and the only remaining example of the Mach 3+ Lockheed M/D-21 spyplane and drone combination. Visitors can also explore the Red Barn, the 1916 birthplace of The Boeing Company. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Visit the Web site at