For those of you who have previously visited the Museum of Flight, you know it is a world-class facility and well worth the visit. However, it was always sad looking at the first Boeing 747 sitting outside in bad shape.
As the years passed, the condition of the beauty only got worse. Luckily, things have been changing and now there is one gorgeous Boeing 747 sitting out in the museum’s Airpark.
The museum started renovating the interior back in 2013 and then the exterior this July.
The aircraft was not only the first 747 that flew, on February 9, 1969, but it also became a test-bed for 747 improvements and engine developments for the 777’s GE90.
If you want to check out the plane yourself, now is the time to do it. Actually, do it quickly. Because from now until the end of October, guests are able to go inside the first Boeing 747 and tour the main deck (sorry, no access to the upper deck).
The 747 will then be closed to the public while the museum moves some of the aircraft around in the Airpark and it is not known when the 747 will re-open.
Even better, make a trip over on October 18th from 2:00-3:30pm. The Museum of Flight will have Brien Wygle, test pilot on the first 747 flight, and Joe Sutter (who probably doesn’t need an introduction), the “Father” of the 747, present to take a detailed look at the 747. The program is free with standard admission to the museum.
We will cover more of this legendary aircraft after the October 18th event. Stay tuned.