Museum of Flight opens in Seattle aviation pavilion

Museum of Flight has previewed its new, three-acre Aviation Pavilion, establishing a new Seattle landmark and displaying historic aircraft, the company said.

The nine-story outdoor gallery doubles the museum´s exhibit space and focuses on the development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be seen anywhere else, including the Boeing 737 and 747 prototypes. Military aircraft include B-17, B-29 and B-47 bombers, plus 1950s-2000s fighters.

The Pavilion also offers an exhibit about the business of air freight, the FedEx Air Cargo exhibit, housed within a 34 ft. fuselage section of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter. The Museum´s Boeing 747 prototype, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Concorde will be open to the public daily in the Pavilion.

Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is a large air and space museum, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The museum´s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today´s 787 Dreamliner.