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Museum of Flight (Boeing field) Part 2

By Bernard Zee, Contributing Editor & Photographer
Fremont, California

One of the must see places in Seattle, WA (if you like anything about aviation at all) would be the Museum of Flight. They have a wonderful collection of historical planes displayed in an attractive and eye-catching manner. They even have full motion flight simulators which you can try flying (for an additional fee). This is Part 2 of this article and photos - see Part 1 here.
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat.

Not to be confused with a Zero, this is a Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa Oscar. Though not as well known, the Oscar was considered even more manueverable than the Zero. The name Hayabusa (Japanese for Peregrine Falcon) is also used by Suzuki for one of the fastest,
most insane sportbike models (which I would like to ride, one of these days!)

A closeup of the landing gear and folding wing of the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.

The Corsairs built by Vought were designated F-4U, while those made by
Goodyear were called FG-1. This, I think, just to confuse people.

'Big Stud' is a Republic P-47D (F-47) Thunderbolt. Love the name!

The Russians are represented by this Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank.

A head-on look at the Messerschmitt BF 109E-3. The plane is painted in
Battle of Britain colors of the noted Luftwaffe ace, Hans "Assi" Hahn.

Here's an elevated view of displays showing a Mustang, Corsair, Lightning, and Warhawk.

Upstairs is the WWI exhibit. This is an Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a,
one of the best Allied fighters of WWI.

A Sopwith Triplane can turn, and climb faster than its biplane counterpart.

Albatros D.Va (L24). Albatros! (can't help but think about the Monty Python skit). Though it looks deadly, it was outclassed by better Allied fighters towards the end of the war.

The Sopwith Camel F.1 was a agile and deadly Allied fighter.

The Nieuport 27 was a small and agile fighter flown by the French, British and Italians.

An upper level view of the Great Gallery.

Some more planes can be seen hanging about - like the F-104C starfighter.

In the upper level, is a 'control tower', where one can look out on the Boeing field, and listen to air traffic controller communications. The Stratojet, Harrier, and Mig-17 can be seen here.

There was a space exhibit as well. Here's the lunar rover.

A close up view of North American Rockwell Block 1 Apollo Command Module 007.

The Concorde can be found outdoors in the Airpark. You can walk inside,
but all the seats are protected by a hard plastic barrier! No sitting, boo.

Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" carried Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johson, and Nixon. That's it for the show - I really could have spent all day there. Bye!
Please visit Bernard Zee's Website for more aviation photo albums.
By Bernard Zee, Contributing Editor & Photographer

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