A Wingspan of 50 Years

A Wingspan of 50 Years

The Pacific Northwest has a rich history of aviation and space innovation, one that The Museum of Flight has been a part of for decades. As we watch our corner of the world continue to grow to reach exciting new boundaries, the Museum is also expanding to provide more learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.

1965 – Seattle aviation enthusiasts form the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation (PNAHF)
1968 – PNAHF establishes the Pacific Museum of Flight, located at Seattle Center
1980 – Officials break ground for relocation of the Red Barn adjacent to Boeing Field
1980 – Museum educational programming is delivered to 94 schools and 37,000 students statewide
1982 – The Pacific Museum of Flight changes its name to “The Museum of Flight”
1983 – The Museum of Flight opens at Boeing Field with the William E. Boeing Red Barn®
1987 – The T.A. Wilson Great Gallery opens
1988 – The Restoration Center and Reserve Collection opens
1992 – The Challenger Learning Center opens
1997 – The Tower exhibit opens in honor of Bertha Boeing and Thorp Hiscock
2004 – The Aviation Learning Center opens
2004 – The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing opens
2006 – The Kenneth H. Dahlberg Military Aviation Research Center opens
2008 – The T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge is completed
2011 – The Charles Simonyi Space Gallery opens
2015 – Officials break ground on a new Aviation Pavilion on the Museum’s west campus

 

Wyckoff Memorial Bridge

The William E. Boeing Red Barn and the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, as seen from the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge