Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3760 times:
Tomorrow around noon my roadtrip will hit its northern terminus of Seattle.
What (if any) aviation related stuff is open this time of year/should I hit while I'm up here?
It appears Boeing has shut down for the holidays (not surprised, but major bummer since I have no idea when I'll be able to come back up here) -- at least as far as tours are concerned -- but anything else? Airport tours? AS MX tours ? ...?
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CWUPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3739 times:
The Museum of flight should be open still. Best aviation museum around. It is located on the west side of boeing field. Grab some lunch at the cafe and sit outside, you can watch a very busy airport at work. Most of the cargo jets come in between 11 and 3.
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N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3735 times:
"you can watch a very busy airport at work"
I'm not sure how busy BFI is currently, since the nasty bead incident of 2004. We moved alot of our planes to PAE. But CWU is right, the cargos come in and go out through the day. Usually though I see them in around 5pm and out around 8pm.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9199 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
I second the nomination for the Museum of Flight. I used to work there and it is a great place. If you go though, go earlier because the lines for Concorde are pretty high this time of year. They might start having to give out boarding passes. I spoke with someone yesterday about how busy it has been, and fortunately it is not as bad as it was last year. BFI is a cool place. Also for a reasonable price you can head to the other side of the field to Wings Aloft for a fun flight. I know they do all sorts of cool piloting stuff where you can fly a stunt plane or just a plain old Cessna for comparatively low prices and get an amazing view of the Seattle area which is one of the prettiest cities in the country, even this time of year.
Oh and it is unseasonable nice here. It has been sunny the past few days and in the 50s; so much better then other parts of the country that are under winter storm warnings.
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Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12692 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3666 times:
You can get a fun pass for about $40, which is usuable for a 9 day period, and includes admissions to the Space Needle, the Museum of Flight, a 1 hour harbor boat tour, the Aquarium, the zoo and a museum. I used it when in Seattle earlier this year. You can also go to the top of the Bank of America Building, the tallest in Seattle for a $4 (?) fee, for a great view if a clear day.
The busses are free in the downtown area of Seattle during the business day to 7 pm, and are a great way to help you see the city. There are several interesting neighborhoods and districts, like the Pioneer Square district. I would also recommend the 'Underground Seattle' walking tour, which will tell you of the history of the city. The new Library in downtown Seattle is a very interesting building as well, it is kind of an upside down pyramid. If it is a nice day, you can take the Washington State Ferries to nearby islands and back. There is also the Art Museum, shopping and the waterfront areas to visit too.
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 52 Reply 8, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3631 times:
If you want to risk loosing your lunch, you can go take a look at the Experience Museum Project at the Seattle Center (right below the Space Needle). I think it is the ugliest building ever. Inside, they have some nice rock music history displays and a new science fiction museum.
I like walking in the Myrtle Edwards waterfront park - you get great views of the harbor, the Olympics (on clear days) and you're right under the north bound approach for BFI and SEA (and some of the float planes going in to Lake Union). Walking (or biking) at Alki on the other side of the harbor is nice too.
If you cross the 520 bridge from west to east and look to the south on the east shore of Lake Washington, you can see Bill Gates' house. The evil empire is furhter out along 520 in Redmond - you can drive through the campus and yell out the window everything you hate about Word, Excel, Windows, etc. Watch out for cars coming the other way with drivers doing the same thing.
If you're REALLY looking for something to do, you can go down to the King County offices at Boeing Field and volunteer to participate in the latest (third) recount of the governor's race. You can always slip in a ballot and tip the race (right now, the Democrat is leading by 10 votes, but yesterday she was down by 8 votes).
Otherwise, Ltbewr and the other people has summed it up pretty well.
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 52 Reply 9, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3627 times:
I forgot to mention - the museum of Fright restoration facility at Paine Field in Everett (30 minutes further north on I-5) is open for tours (at least it used to be). Lots of good stuff to see there, including a Dehavilland Comet 4C and the #1 727-100. You can also drive around the field and spy on the Boeing flight line (new born 747s, 767s and 777s), the Goodrich maintenance facility (lots of 737s, 757s, etc.), plus possibly see a Me 262 take off (the replicas are built in a building down by the Goodrich facility).
On a good day, there is seaplane activity on Lake Union. Rent a kayak at Northwest Outdoor Center and dodge them. Or, drive up to Kenmore Air Harbor on the north end of Lake Washington and watch them rebuild Dehavilland Beavers. You can also drive around the Renton Municipal Airport (at the south end of Lake Washington) and spy on the new born 737s. There are some great vantage points on the west side of the field.
Indianapilot From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 3625 times:
My dad and I are flying to Seattle and will be there from Jan 4th thru the 9th. We plan on going to the Boeing tour center and Museum of flight. Is the tour center, museum, and flightline of new Boeings all on the same location ?
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9199 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
Indianapilot; they are actually quite far apart. BFI is located just a few miles south of Downtown Seattle. It is a short bus ride or drive down and you can spend most of a day looking through the great gallery, personal courage wing (one floor is WWI and another is aviation and WWII) as well as the red barn (a tribute to Boeing's early days, but a little boring) and then cross the street to the airpark where you can board a Concorde and a 707 Air force one as well as view the first ever 737, 747 and a random AA 722 (no one really knows why it is there other then it was delivered to the Museum of Flight at the same time as the airpark opened, so they had space. It will hopefully be replaced soon by the Comet from the restoration center).
The Boeing Tour Center is located near Everett and is about a 45 minute drive north of Downtown. There you can also visit the restoration center to the Museum of Flight. It is hit or miss if you will actually get a tour, but you are free to walk around and explore. The 737/757 delivery center is at BFI and is about a mile north of the Museum of Flight. Unfortunately there isn't much to see as it is all fenced off, but the official Boeing store is there, so you can get some cool stuff at prices lower then the Museum of Flight gift shop (just don't tell them I said that ). On the Boeing tour you will get to see the newly built and painted 747s, 767s, and 777s. However due to slow production currently you will probably only see a couple 777s. It is nothing llike it was in the early 90s. Overall enjoy the two spots. They are far apart, but both fun and worth at least a half day each.
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Indianapilot From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3630 times:
Roseflyer thank you very much that was very helpful !! I think it will be a fun trip as long as its not 40 below lol. I noticed ur profile said you were from terre haute...I'm in NW indiana near Hammond. Cool to talk to somebody close by !! Thanks again