2007 Museums: Museum of Flight, Seattle WA

KBFI -  N47 31 48 W122 18 07  (Boeing Field)

Note:  Click here for the 2006 pictures.

This amazing museum is located at the famed Boeing Field in Seattle, right where so many historical airplanes were designed and built !  Definitely worth a visit... 

Quite a nice museum with rare airplanes, although the chosen way of displaying them makes observing them up close and photography somewhat difficult.  Because of that, many of the pictures below have more than one airplane in the field of view.

Still, definitely a worthwhile stop if you travel by Seattle !  By the way, my pictures date back to May 2003 so many exhibits have probably changed since then.    Their Web site

April 07:    A couple of years after my first visit (pictures lower below), I finally had the chance to go back to this great museum.  Good idea too because they have made many changes since and I was also able to finally see the Concorde first hand !

Here are my new pictures from this visit:

On the grass:
  Boeing WB-47E Stratojet
    Side view
  F4-C Phantom II & Mig-21 PFM

    Front view
  Fiat G.91 Pan
  Grumman A6-E Intruder

  Grumman F-14A Tomcat
McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier
Side view
Front view
  Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
  RQ-3A Pilotless plane
  The famed red barn where it all started for Boeing...

From the great hall:
  B & W
  Boeing 80A-1
  Boeing 737-200 panel

  Douglas DC-3
  Fockewulf FW-190 D-13
    Side view at cockpit
  Gee-Bee Racer
    Nose view
  Lear Fan 2100
    Side view
  Moulton-Taylor Aerocar III
  Northrop YF-5A Freedom Fighter
  Rumpler Taube

  From the new Personal Courage Wing
World War I:
  Albatros D.Va
    Nose view

  Aviatik D.1
    Nose view

  Caproni Ca.20
  Curtiss JN-4D Jenny

  Fokker D.VII
  Fokker Dr.1 Triplane
  Fokker E.III Eindecker
    Nose view
  Nieuport Type 24
  Nieuport Type 27
  Nieuport Type 28
    Nose view
  Pfalz D.XII
  RAF S.E.5a
    Nose view
  Sopwith F.1 Camel
  Sopwith Pup
  Sopwith Triplane
    Nose view
  Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe
    Nose view
    Nose view

From the new Personal Courage Wing
World War II:
  Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
    Nose view

  General Motors FM-2 Wildcat
    Side view
    Front view
    Rear view

  Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
    Rear view

  Lockheed P-38L Lightning
    Nose view
    Rear view

  Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
    Nose view
  Nakajima Ki.43-IIb Hayabusa
    Nose view
  North American P-51D Mustang
    Side view
    Nose view
  Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
    Business end
    Nose view

  Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX
    Nose view
    Side view
  Yakovlev Yak-9U
    Nose view
    Front view
    Nose art

Commercial Transport Area:

  Boeing VC-137B Air Force One

  Boeing 737-130 Prototype
    Nose view
  Boeing 747-121 Prototype
    Engine nacelle
    Experimental markings
    Nose view (side)
    Side view
    Tail view (side)
    Nose view (front)
    Pax cabin
    Trust reversers


While on the site, I also took a few pictures from the Boeing Field and had a nice surprise...

Aero Commander 100  (N3659X)
BAE 125 Series 800A  (N120AP)
Beech 200  (N316MS)

Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737 AEW&C Australian Air Force
Boeing 757-23A  (N756AF)
Boeing 757 F-22 Flying Test Bed
Bombardier Global Express

Cessna 177 Cardinal
Cessna 182S Skylane  (N325PJ)
Cessna 208 Caravan  (N518KM)
Cessna 501 Citation 1 SP  (N501RG)
Cessna 750 Citation X  (N705LX)
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124  (N24FJ)
  Astra SPX  (N609JW)
Long-EZ  (N122KC)

And then, the surprise...  back from a flight test appeared this HUGE aircraft, the Boeing 747-400 LCF !

On final

On short final

Just before touch down

Just after touch down

Quite impressive !

Then, here are the
pictures from my first visit in 2006:

  Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper

  80A-1 "City of Auburn"
    Nose view
  VC-137B "Air Force One"
    Cockpit view
  B-29 Superfortress "T Square 54"
    Nose view
    Front view
  B-47E Stratojet
  E3-C Sentry awaiting delivery
  737-200 (panel)
    Top panel
  Stearman PT-13A Kaydet

  CF-86 Sabre

    Side view

  JN-4D Jenny

  A-4F Skyhawk (Blue Angels)
    Side view
    Nose view


  FG-1D Corsair

    Nose view
    Midship view
    Tail view
    Weapons bay
    Engine view

  A-6E Intruder
    Nose view
  F9F-8 Cougar

    Nose view
  F-14 Tomcat
    Nose view

Lear Fan 2100 prototype

  M-21 Blackbird with D-21B Drone
    Main landing gear
    Nose view
    D-21B Drone
  F-104C Starfighter (NASA Research)
    Nose view

  F4-C Phantom II "The Gunfighters"

    Rear view
    Nose art

  MiG-21FPM Fishbed

    Nose view

Moulton Taylor:
  Aerocar III

    Side view
    Rear view

  YF-5A Freedom Fighter

  J-3 Cub

    Side view

  Ryan M-1 "Spirit of Ryan"

  Spitfire Mk.IX

    Side view
    Nose view


  Cabin Waco YKS-6
    Tail view
  UPF-7 (3/4 rear view)
     Side view

Space Vehicles:
  Mercury Space Capsule
  Apollo Command Module

    Cabin view
    Lunar mission picture (by NASA)

Jets display area