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Past Exhibits

The Museum of Flight strives to present an interesting array of exhibits that create interest and inspiration for a wide variety of people. Here is a collection of past exhibits that we have featured.

Come and see one of the Museum's most recent acquisitions—a World War II German cruise missile Fieseler Fi 103, also known as the V1 or “Buzz Bomb.”

Space Shuttle: Conquering Low Earth Orbit was created at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center by the same engineers who designed and built the Shuttle's powerful propulsion elements. The exhibit touches on the Shuttle program's accomplishments and risks. 

Destination Station is a NASA produced exhibit that explores the International Space Station. The exhibit was on display in the Museum's Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.

The Museum of Flight's fourth annual Spirit of Flight juried photography exhibition is now accepting submissions! The exhibition, is open to all photographers, and entries need only reflect a "Spirit of Flight."


The Museum is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association and holds their collections and archives. This special temporary exhibit draws from items currently not on display and features photos and other materials from Maj. James C. Stewart that he collected during World WarII.

Exhibit closed 9/23.


A major showing of new aerospace art, the American Society of Aviation Artists 2008 International Aerospace Art Exhibit, opened at The Museum of Flight on Friday, June 13, 2008. This juried show featured over 50 paintings and sculptures by artists from around the world.

This exhibit closed Sept. 14, 2008.

Our new temporary exhibit Chasing Horizons chronicles women’s achievements from early balloon flights to work on the International Space Station. Many fascinating and little known stories will be shared along with photos, personal artifacts and archival films. Now open.

Frank Piasecki and Other Polish Aviation Designers, from the Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego (Polish Aviation Museum) in Krakow, explores the careers of ten Polish and Polish-American engineers and their tremendous contributions to aviation technology. The exhibit was on display in the Great Gallery from November 12, 2012 through May 2013.


An exhibition of 30 paintings by Japanese artist Toshiro Sawanuki were on display in The Museum’s Great Gallery. This was Sawanuki’s first major exhibition in the United States.

The Museum of Flight was proud to premier Red Tails, Silver Wings, an exhibit featuring 43 paintings by local artist, Chris Hopkins. The paintings capture the history of America's first African American fighter squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit was on display in the Great Gallery from February 28 - May 12, 2013.

To recognize the 100th anniversary of U.S. Naval Aviation, the Museum of Flight featured an exhibit examining the events, people and machines that shaped this legacy.

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our third annual Spirit of Flight exhibition!

The Museum of Flight once again hosted its annual Spirit of Flight juried photography exhibition. Exhibit participation is open to all photographers, and photographs need only reflect a "Spirit of Flight". The exhibit was on display in the Museum's Great Gallery from June through September 1, 2013.

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A special juried photography exhibition displayed in our Great Gallery.

Open until June 14, 2009.


Style in the Aisle—an exhibit about the history and fashion of flight attendants in the United States. 

The Museum of Flight’s extensive flight attendant uniform collection made its first public appearance in Style in the Aisle, a temporary exhibition that opened on February 9, 2008. The exhibit's popularity prompted us to bring it back with many new uniforms! The exhibit was on display in the Great Gallery from January through June, 2011.


In June of 1948, when Berlin was occupied by forces from the main former World War II Allied nations, the Soviet Union declared a blockade of all the ground transport in and out of Berlin.

This exhibit closed on February 8, 2009.


As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of humankind’s first steps on the Moon, the Museum of Flight brings to Seattle the exhibit Apollo 11: An Artist’s Perspective - Original Sketches from NASA Artist Paul Calle.


One hundred years ago, on March 11, 1910, American aviator Charles K. Hamilton, known as the “Crazy Man of the Air”, became the first to fly an airplane in Washington State at a site near where the Museum of Flight is today. Learn more about this historic flight in the Museum's lobby.

Almost 90 years ago, Seattle served as the start and finish line for the first successful flight around the world. Now the Seattle World Cruiser project plans to celebrate that achievement by flying around the world in a reproduction of the original aircraft. This exhibit explores the first world flight and plans to repeat it.


In celebration of The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), The Museum of Flight will feature public programs about notable people and topics on the subject of astronomy.