Pitch, Roll and Yaw
Museum of flights is one of the largest aircraft museum in the world. It is run by an not for profit organisation and is funded by Boeing. It has on display around 100 aircrafts which portrays the entire history of aviation from gliders to supersonic combat aircrafts. Apart from the aircrafts, it has a huge collection of aircraft related artifacts and a spacious library.
The 'Red Barn' is the factory where boeing first started manufaturing it's aircrafts. The original building structure is now part of the museum of flights.On display in the Red Barn are the early flights and the story of how wright brothers first invented the aircraft. This section displays numerous paintings,pictures, models and writings of the first Aeronautical engineers(The Wright brothers).
The world wars are among few of the black events in the history that no one would want to remember, but they were a boon for aircraft industry and was the golden period of Aviation. I wonder if the aircraft industry would have grown as much as it has,had there not been the Wars. This development of the industry during the wars and the stories of world war warriors comes to life in the personal courage section of the museum. It displays dozens of world war aircrafts,everything from biplanes to triplanes to monoplanes. It also has 2 theatres which screens videos of the world war heros.
'The great gallery' is a section of the museum that displays the developments in aviation after the world wars. On display in this section of the museum are about 30 aircrafts, the prime of which being the SR-71 'Blackbird' the fastest manned aricraft built till date(Mach 3), Advanced F4 fighters and the Rugged MIGs. This section has 2 advanced flight simulators for the visitors to experience flying a fighter aircraft. It is truely awesome! This section also has the Cockpit of fighter aifcraft, Hornet-18 open to the public.
The other 2 prized possesion of the museum are the british Concorde and the first Air Force One. Being on board in concorde and the air force one is quite an experience. Concorde is beautiful to look at but it is so sleek that it is even difficult to walk inside it. Why on earth would one build such an aircraft!
The Air traffic control tower in the museum is probably the only tower in the world where visitors are given access. Air traffic controllers are like traffic signals in the sky regulating the movement of airplanes. This exhibit makes one aware about the rules, highways and super highways of the sky! It is a great learning experience.
No museum is complete with out its live exhibits which allows you to experiment and learn.The Flight zone of the the museum just does this. It has models that allows one to understand the priciples of flight. It mainly concentrates on the 3 motions of an aircraft namely the Pitch, Roll and Yaw. It also has few exhibits which describe the various controls in an aircraft.
The museum is definately a must see for any visitor to the region.