Travels, Photos and Discoveries #2: Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle

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Blog entry by David posted 11-11-2009 01:28 AM 1967 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A trip to the Boeing Museum of Flight

After seeing the movie about Amelia Earhart and a book report project for our granddaughter we had a perfect opportunity to visit the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle. If you are not from the area and should ever happen to visit, I highly recommend it weather you are a history buff, airplane nut or a woodworking jock, looking to see some extraordinary displays. Their web site is here and is equally as good as the museum. They do an outstanding job of organizing and displaying a plethora of information and memorabilia.

I’ve always been drawn to the classic old wood constructed airplanes of the barn storming years: hand shaped parts, meticulously formed, assembled and fastened. Bill Boeing was a perfectionist when it came to craftsmanship and the term craftsman was never gender limited. He demanded only the best and many women worked in the Old Red Barn especially during the war years quickly followed by Rosie the riveter.

Here are a few photos I took of the woodworking displays in the Red Barn just to encourage you to put this on your bucket list. It’s between downtown Seattle and SeaTac airport if you fly in. Needless to say, it’s on Boeing Field which is still very active but not the usual hub for commercial traffic although Air Force one lands there when in town.

Early Concepts of Flight

Early machinery: line shaft power

The Lathe hasn't changed much

OSHA would have had a hay day

It's a shame to cover all of that woodworking

Making a wing rib

Cool clamps and fixture for all of those pieces

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