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The Museum of Flight
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Boeing, the world's largest builder of aircraft, was founded in Seattle in 1916. This facility at Boeing Field houses one of the city's best museums, and it's especially fun for kids, who can climb in many of the aircraft and pretend to fly, make flight-related crafts, or attend special programs. The Red Barn, Boeing's original airplane factory, houses an exhibit on the history of flight. The Great Gallery, a dramatic structure designed by Ibsen Nelson, contains more than three dozen vintage airplanes. The Personal Courage Wing showcases World War I and World War II fighter planes, and the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery is home to the NASA Full Fuselage Space Shuttle Trainer. West Seattle is a good jumping-off point for a side trip to the Museum of Flight, which is farther south, close to Sea-Tac airport. Take the West Seattle Bridge back toward I–5, and then head south on I–5. At Exit 158, merge right onto S. Boeing Access Road. Turn right at the first stoplight (E. Marginal Way S); the museum is on the right after ½ mile.
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