SEATTLE, April 5, 2017—On April 9, the Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 737's first flight. A panel presentation at noon will include maiden flight pilot Brien Wygle, and original 737 engineers Bob Bogash and Peter Morton. Boeing Company Historian Mike Lombardi will moderate. The Boeing Company will provide a new 737 MAX for viewing in the parking lot.
A reception in the Aviation Pavilion, next to the prototype, follows from 2-4 p.m. Guests include the panelists, former flight attendants and others who participated in the colorful history of the world's most successful airliner. Festivities include a toast and cupcakes. A giant birthday card will be displayed, which visitors will be encouraged to sign. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their own cards with stories of their own experiences. Indoor and Aviation Pavilion events are free with admission to the Museum.
The historic jetliner prototype in the Museum's collection was nicknamed the Baby Boeing. It was a Boeing test aircraft until 1973, when it was sold to NASA and used as a "flying laboratory" until 1997, when it was retired to the Museum's care. After six years in storage and restored under Crew Chief Bob Bogash's loving care, Baby Boeing made a final flight home to Boeing Field on Sept. 21, 2003.
For additional information about the 737 prototype, see restoration Crew Chief Bob Bogash's website: www.rbogash.com/737early.
Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit 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 at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. 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 onsite 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 $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 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: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 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