Museum of Flight

space tourism
4:20 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Museum of Flight CEO: Seattle Will Help Innovate Space Tourism

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo under rocket power, its first ever since the program began in 2005.
Virgin Galactic, Mark Greenberg AP Photo

Seattle may become the hub of space tourism, says Museum of Flight CEO Douglas King.

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Science
4:30 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Seattle's space shuttle trainer getting new parts this weekend

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy has a cargo compartment that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide, and 111 feet long.
Photo by MilborneOne / Wikimedia Commons

NASA is making a special delivery to Seattle this weekend. If you go to the Museum of Flight on Saturday morning, you’ll see one of the world’s biggest cargo planes land in the parking lot. It’s carrying the cockpit and crew cabin of a full-sized space shuttle trainer.

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Museum of Flight
5:07 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

NASA to turn over keys to Seattle's shuttle trainer Thursday

Retired astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, left, and Museum of Flight board chairman Kevin Callaghan unveil in Seattle a rendering of a full-fuselage shuttle trainer that the museum will receive.
The Associated Press

NASA plans to officially turn over the keys to a full-size Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle's Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

The ownership transfer ceremony will be held in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Traveling WWI museum comes to Seattle's Museum of Flight

Waddell & Reed's 18-wheel 'Honoring Our History' Traveling World War I Exhibition
Waddell & Reed

It's a museum on wheels! The traveling World War I exhibition, dubbed the "Honoring Our History Tour", rolls into Seattle this weekend on a custom, 18 wheel truck.

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World War II history
9:32 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Want to fly in a B-17 bomber?

The Liberty Foundation

You might hear an unusual rumbling overhead today in Seattle. An original World War II bomber will be in the sky. The Boeing B-17 is part of a traveling history exhibit that lets you actually fly in the plane. 

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Aerospace History
3:40 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing

Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar signs her autograph for 6-year-old Taylor Colville, who came to hear about the shuttle announcement with her father, Eric. Like many in attendance, they are trying to look on the bright side of Seattle's lost bid.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It's a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration. 

Seattle's Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will not be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.  And it won't get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.

The shuttles are going to:

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AEROSPACE HISTORY
10:40 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in February of this year. Seattle's Museum of Flight's hopes to display one of the retiring shuttles were spoiled in favor of New York, Washington, D.C. and suburban Los Angeles.
NASA photo

NASA says Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles.

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Aerospace History
6:04 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision

An artist's rendering of the new gallery plan at Seattle's Museum of Flight, a gallery intended to permanently lure a NASA Space Shuttle. The agency will announce the winners of the competition to host the retiring spacecraft Tuesday at 10am PST.
Graphic courtesy of Museum of Flight.

The odds are about one in seven.  That's the skinny on Seattle's bid to become a host site for one of NASA's retiring space shuttles. 

Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper's latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight's chances were diminished slightly last week:

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Museum of Flight
10:59 am
Wed April 6, 2011

State delegation wants space shuttle to land in Seattle

Space shuttle Discovery is towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
AP

In a bipartisan push to bring the retired Space Shuttle to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington's U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the state's entire congressional delegation, have sent a a letter to Charles F. Bolden, the Administrator of NASA, urging him to select the museum as the home for the retired NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter.

In the letter, the delegation says:

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Science
2:36 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Will Seattle get a space shuttle?

Space shuttle Atlantis in orbit over San Diego 10/30/05
NASA

April 12 is the day we'll learn if the Puget Sound region will become home to one of NASA's retiring space shuttles. There are 27 institutions vying for the three orbiters, and Seattle's Museum of Flight is one of the contenders.

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