|I don't know if this ever actually flew, but wow.|
|wright bros. flyer repro|
But the museum's strong point is that all the history surrounding the antique planes is made exceptionally clear with signage and multimedia presentations. This is not "book history," this is real, relevant, awesome history. I spent 6 hours happily learning things.
|When they talk about the "birth of commercial aviation," no one ever mentions that the midwife was the U.S. Postal Service|
|This is probably the type of helicopter my dad worked on most often in Vietnam.|
|Rosie the Riveter was a Seattleite...|
|and she came in ALL colors.|
|These amazing pilots would ferry military planes around during WWII, and would single-hand planes labeled "minimum crew: 3".|
|And history repeats itself.|
I also picked up a lot of reference pics for future projects (an awful lot of these guys include some enamel):
All in all, I had an incredible time, and I think everybody should visit this place.