Located in Mukilteo, Washington, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour aims to ignite a deep passion for aerospace and engineering among visitors of all ages. Museum visitors can expect to find world-class educational programs, interactive exhibitions, and an exciting tour of the aviation center. In November 2004, the Future of Flight and Aviation center had begun being built by the Howard S. Wright company.
The project consisted of more than 70,000 square feet and included a 28,000-square foot gallery, a rooftop observation deck, a café, a gift shop, the Boeing Tour center, and various office spaces. The project was named “The Best Public/Private Project of 2005” by Northwest Construction magazine.
The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing tour was officially opened in December 2005 by the Boeing Company; however, a non-profit organization operates the facility itself. The facility opening consisted of many various events including Boeing Day which was especially for Boeing employees, an educator’s preview, and a contractor’s evening. The official ribbon cutting ceremony included Governor Christine Gregoire as one of the honored attendees.
Since it’s opening almost 15 years ago, the Future of Flight and Aviation Center has welcomed millions of visitors from around the world. The center itself has already undergone some renovations and the future of the facility is nothing but bright.
Destiny: This exhibition lets visitors experience what it is like to live and work in space on the International Space Station Destiny. Hear stories from the astronauts who lived and conducted vital research on the space station. Visitors can also learn about the construction and maintenance process of the Destiny as well as what the main research it was meant for.
Airplane Design: This exhibition allows visitors to design their very own airplane on the center’s computers and then email their design to themselves and others. There is a gallery nearby which is sure to provide visitors with lots of inspiration for their own airplane design. There is also a virtual reality simulator where visitors can fly with the Blue Angels or take a quick visit to Egypt.
Materials: This exhibition features the special materials designed and used on the Boeing airplanes. Although these materials are used in the Boeing airplanes, they are also used a lot in everyday life and play an important role in our society. This area is meant to increase an interest in the STEM educational tracks and provide visitors with interactive learning experiences.
Family Zone: This exhibition features a variety of family-friendly activities including the chance to manufacture and assemble your own airplane.
Flight Systems: This exhibit lets visitors climb inside the Boeing 727 Dreamliner flight deck. The surrounding gallery lets visitors experience and explore flight systems and their mechanics such as hydraulics, avionics, and navigation.
Future Concepts: This area features the evolution of jet fuel and what the future might look like in the of world of fuel. This area asks visitors to consider the idea: Can airplanes run on solar energy someday? Learn all about the research and evolution of sustainable jet power in this exhibit.
Propulsion/Engines: This exhibition takes visitors on a tour of some of the most unbelievably powerful jet engines in the entire world. Visitors will learn about a variety of jet engines and can even enjoy a virtual tour of a GE90 115B engine in the gallery.
Maker Mondays: Each Monday from 1-5 p.m., visitors are invited to the family zone of the aviation center to work on your own projects with helpful advisors and get the chance to collaborate with others. The event is free for museum members and there is a chance to create your very own 3D print of your creation at an extra charge.
Weekend Family Workshops: Each weekend at the aviation center, there are 90-minute workshops aimed at providing families with the chance to create their very own aviation-themed project. The workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and a repeat time at 1:30 p.m.
Education & Programs
There are a wide variety of educational activities and programs available at the aviation center on a year-round basis. Families and educators are sure to find something to entertain and educate children of any age. From workshops to interactive exhibition series, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275, Phone: 425-438-8100
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