Thursday, March 24, 2011

Museum of Flight

On our way out of Seattle we went to the Museum of Flight. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Like everything else in Seattle, they are only open until 5, so one of the guides quickly explained the route we should take so the kids would have time to spend at the most popular kid exhibits. And his advice? Perfect! 

We started with a walk-through of the Concord and Eisenhower's Air Force One. Jeff couldn't even stand up in the original Concord (doubly troubling since Grace was on his back). Air Force One was larger, but Jeff & I marvelled at how much like a commercial airliner this first presidential plane was.

The boys noticed something different. On board they had a map of where the presidents took Air Force One abroad for Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. (We guessed Ford got a new plane). They looked at the map and said "that's it?"

Their presidents travel overseas quite a bit more than they did in the 50s and 60s. It goes to show that those boys do notice a couple things. Once we looked at it, Jeff and I realized that President Obama isn't even done with his term and he's traveled more than those four presidents combined.

After our elementary realization, we explored the red barn, originally a shipyard where Boeing made his first aircraft. The boys blasted through that history bit in favor of sitting the cockpits of the Hornet and Blackbird.

Then it was off to the interactive kids section where even the adults were lining up to try and land the glider video game. There were smaller planes for the kids to sit in, so Grace was climbing in and out, trying to figure out how to make them fly. I think she was actually disappointed they didn't hover when she sat in them.

I had the boys board the airliner and told Bayley to sit in the seat and remember what it was like so he could compare it to our trip to New York. I think these were first class seats, with every other row missing. We'll see what he thinks!

And to continue the man junk theme of our Seattle adventure, Hayden found this in the space area and said "Look mom, you can see his privates, but they drew them wrong. He only has one ball."

Yeah, I was ready to go at that point!

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