SEATTLE, Sept 9, 2016--The Museum will add a U.S. Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter to its collection in the fall, and this active duty helo will fly to the Museum Sept. 10 for a free public preview of the veteran whirleybird from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The aircraft crew will be on hand to give tours to the public. The big CH-47D-nicknamed My Old Lady-is the oldest flyable Chinook in the world-wide Army inventory. It was built in 1962, and on Jan. 9, 1963 it became the fifth Chinook accepted by the U.S. Army. The helicopter is currently based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma.
The aircraft (91-00261) has served with the Army and Army National Guard, including combat missions in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. It has been with the Washington state Army National Guard since 2009, serving in support of several domestic emergencies, most recently the Okanogan Complex Wildfire in 2015. My Old Lady will be retired to The Museum of Flight on Nov. 6 and be placed on permanent display in the Aviation Pavilion.
Image: Boeing CH-47 during a visit to The Museum of Flight in 2012. Francis Zera/The Museum of Flight photo.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23 on-site and $21 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21 per adult, $13 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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