After touring the urban centers of the Pacific Northwest, we took a day to explore the Museum of Flight, located near Seattle and attached to Boeing Field. Of course Boeing has a long history in this region of the country, so locating a museum of flight here makes sense. And their collection is quite impressive. In the large and imposing category, they have everything from the first 737 and 747 that came off the line, to SAM970 (the 707 which served as an early Air Force One), a Concorde, and an SR71. But they also have a wide variety of other, smaller aircraft going all the way back to the earliest flying machines.
As an aside, I swear I caught a glimpse of a tail with “787” in huge letters zooming down a runway in the distance, but I never saw it take off and never got a good view of it. Perhaps they were doing some kind of ground testing. Not exactly a museum piece yet, but I would love to have gotten a good look at that beast.
Anyway, again my interest was primarily photographic. Many of these aircraft you may have seen in print before, so I was anxious to look for new perspectives. For example, the 747 I shot from the rear end with a very wide angle lens. This exaggerates the size of the back end compared to the wheels and wings, but this is sort of what it is like to stand underneath that huge tail section, whose horizontal stabilizers rival or exceed the size of more modest planes’ wings.
Next, it’s back to Montana, where I am currently hanging out (see a few posts back). I will be heading into Glacier National Park tomorrow and likely be off the grid for a week or so. Hopefully I will have a few nice landscape shots to share when I get back.