Jimi Hendrix Clara McCarty Captain Robert Gray Anna Louise StrongAnna Louise Strong Bailey Gatzert Home WWII Women Pilots
Search Encyclopedia
Facebook
Advanced Search
Featured Eassy Sponsor of the Week
Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search
6825 HistoryLink.org essays now available      
Donate Subscribe

Shortcuts

Libraries
Cyberpedias Cyberpedias
Timeline Essays Timeline Essays
People's Histories People's Histories

Selected Collections
Cities & Towns Cities & Towns
County Thumbnails Counties
Biographies Biographies
Interactive Cybertours Interactive Cybertours
Slide Shows Slideshows
Public Ports Public Ports
Audio & Video Audio & Video

Research Shortcuts

Map Searches
Alphabetical Search
Timeline Date Search
Topic Search

Features

Book of the Fortnight
Audio/Video Enhanced
History Bookshelf
Klondike Gold Rush Database
Duvall Newspaper Index
Wellington Scrapbook

More History

Washington FAQs
Washington Milestones
Honor Rolls
Columbia Basin
Everett
Olympia
Seattle
Spokane
Tacoma
Walla Walla
Roads & Rails

Timeline Library

< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >

The Future of Flight Aviation Center opens at Paine Field (Mukilteo) on December 16, 2005.

HistoryLink.org Essay 8299 : Printer-Friendly Format

On December 16, 2005, the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field in Mukilteo opens its doors to the public. With an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by Governor Christine Gregoire and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, the $23.5 million facility is announced as a public-private nonprofit partnership between the Snohomish County Public Facilities District, Snohomish County via the Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field), The Boeing Company, and the Future of Flight Foundation.  Launched as an extension of the Boeing Tour, the Future of Flight Aviation Center presents a look at past, present, and future cutting-edge aviation technology.

Celebrating Aviation Technology 

Speaking to the press before the official opening, executive director Barry Smith pointed out that the Future of Flight Aviation Center would not be another aviation museum filled with old artifacts, nor would it mirror Boeing’s Museum of Flight.  Instead its mission would be to educate both children and adults about the future of aviation and about significant technical innovations made in the past.        

Although the center primarily looks back and projects ahead 50 years, there are earlier inclusions such as a drawing of Leonardo Da Vinci’s turbo game roaster powered by chimney smoke and the earliest known entertainment-in-flight, a showing in 1925 of the original silent film Lost World.   

The Future of Flight building was designed by Freiheit and Ho of Bellevue and Krei Architecture of Seattle.  It is 73,000 square feet in size with a 28,000 square foot aviation gallery that exhibits airplanes, plane parts, digital movie displays, and interactive exhibits. Visitors can even try designing an airplane.  Flight innovations through time are presented in categories that cover innovations in materials, passenger experience, manufacturing, propulsion, flight systems, and future concepts.   

A Focus on Boeing

The center presents technological advances of many companies, but not surprisingly its focus is on Boeing and the new Dream Liner 787.  The Future of Flight Center offers a tour of the Boeing assembly plant as part of the visit.  This is presently the only tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.

Regarding the connection between Boeing and the Future of Flight Aviation Center, Marketing Director Sandy Ward said to a crowd, “We have several pieces of the 787 inside our building, so we’re celebrating that it’s all together now”  (Ward).  On July 25, 2007, the Future of Flight Center welcomed its 250,000th visitor, an average of more than 1,000 people daily from all over the world.

Sources:
Bryan Corliss, “Welcome to the Future: Dignitaries Usher in Flight Museum,” The Herald, December 16, 2007, p. 1; Bryan Corliss, “Much More Than a Plane Museum,”  Ibid., December 16, 2005, p. 1-B; Eric Stevic, “Language of Aviation Isn’t the Only One Spoken at Future of Flight,” Ibid., August 25, 2007, p. 1-B; Eric Fetters, “Museum is in on 787 Act,” The Herald, July 6, 2007, p. 1-B; The Future of Flight Aviation Center website accessed September 2 and 8, 2007 (www.futureofflight.org).  


Travel through time (chronological order):
< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >



Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License


Major Support for HistoryLink.org Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You


This essay made possible by:
Henry M. Jackson Foundation


Future of Flight Aviation Center (Freiheit and Ho, and Krei Architecture, 2005), Paine Field, Mukilteo, September 2, 2007
Photo by Margaret Riddle


Future of Flight Aviation Center staff, Paine Field, Mukilteo, April 17, 2007
Courtesy Future of Flight Aviation Center


Boeing Dream Liner test fuselage, Future of Flight Aviation Center, Paine Field, Mukilteo, September 2, 2007
Photo by Margaret Riddle


Boeing Dream Liner 787 interior, Future of Aviation Center, Paine Field, Mukilteo, September 2, 2007
Photo by Margaret Riddle


 
Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search

HistoryLink.org is the first online encyclopedia of local and state history created expressly for the Internet. (SM)
HistoryLink.org is a free public and educational resource produced by History Ink, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation.
Contact us by phone at 206.447.8140, by mail at Historylink, 1411 4th Ave. Suite 803, Seattle WA 98101 or email admin@historylink.org