Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

I visited the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, which has a vast collection of aircraft spanning multiple decades.

In the Red Barn, we learned about the history of the Boeing Company. William Boeing started out building seaplanes, then moved on to building planes with cabins. He built a network of runways to send people to and fro. But then the Boeing Company was hit with an anti-monopoly ruling, so the company was split into two companies: the Boeing Company as it is today which makes aircraft, and United Airlines. William Boeing was upset that the government would want to break up a successful company, and so he ceased involvement with the business.

Great Gallery
Great Gallery

In the Great Gallery, various aircraft are suspended in the sun-dappled hall. One unique aircraft is the Lockheed M-21 Blackbird. Attached to the Lockheed’s back is a drone (the drone is significantly larger than modern drones, such as the 3-foot long drone on display in the Great Gallery that was able to circumnavigate the globe). The Lockheed M-21 Blackbird is the only one in existence, because the other Lockheed of the same model was a complete failure. Its mission was something straight out of a James Bond film. The Lockheed was to fly over the Soviet Union, then deploy the drone. The drone would collect information, then land in the Pacific Ocean, where it would be collected by a submarine. But what actually happened was, the drone was launched, then immediately crashed into the Lockheed, downing both aircraft.

Old Air Force One
Old Air Force One

In the Aviation Pavilion, there is an old Air Force one and a decommissioned Boeing 737 test plane.

Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank WWII fighter plane
Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank WWII fighter plane

In the Personal Courage Wing, there was a Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank WWII fighter plane replica, emblazoned with a tiger crushing a deer with Hitler’s face.

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