Last Updated on August 23, 2023
By Jim Ferri
Undeniably, the Museum of Flight in the Seattle area of Washington State is the world’s largest non-profit, independent air and space museum. It’s also one of the most interesting small museums in the U.S.
Here the history of flight comes to life on its 15-acre-indoor-outdoor campus in Seattle Southside. Of course, you’ll see fighter planes from World War I and World War II. And you’ll also learn about those wars in a new way. And you’ll also see the first jet-propelled Air Force One (for JFK), a Concorde, and a B-17F Bomber.
By all means, look at the actual NASA full-fuselage trainer, in which all of the astronauts trained. And there’s the Star-Trek-looking SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the fastest plane in the world. Visit the Museum of Flight and you’ll hear the stories about the innovators who broke through the bonds of the earth through science, aviation, and space travel.
The Museum of Flight has more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library. All this, less than a 15-minute drive from downtown Seattle.
Furthermore, do you have kids along with you? Bring them over to the Kid’s Flight Zone in the Museum of Flight for some hands-on activities. Aeronautically themed, of course.