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Highline Public Schools graduating seniors celebrate with Russell Wilson

Highline Public Schools graduating seniors celebrate with Russell Wilson

On Friday (June 8), Highline Public Schools threw a long-bomb touchdown of a party for graduating seniors, who jammed the Museum of Flight in Tukwila to celebrate their milestone with none other than Seattle... [Read more]

Free Solar Eclipse watching at Museum of Flight in Tukwila Monday

Free Solar Eclipse watching at Museum of Flight in Tukwila Monday

Why struggle through heavy traffic driving south into Oregon and then scramble trying to find a viewing spot – to say nothing of possible food and gasoline shortages while there – for Monday’s historic... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

On Thursday morning (May 18), Elston and Jackline Hill had the privilege of attending the press preview of the new Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight, which opens this Saturday, May 20. The centerpiece... [Read more]

See long-lost rocket engines at Museum of Flight’s ‘Apollo Exhibit,’ opening May 20

See long-lost rocket engines at Museum of Flight’s ‘Apollo Exhibit,’ opening May 20

By Devin Otto Intern, Big Picture High School The Museum of Flight in Tukwila will finally be opening their long awaited exhibit. The Apollo Exhibit, which was announced a few years back and confirmed... [Read more]

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Light show dazzles at Boeing’s 100th Anniversary Party

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Light show dazzles at Boeing’s 100th Anniversary Party

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these photos of some amazing light shows that dazzled guests at Boeing’s 100th Anniversary Party Friday night, July 15 (click images to see larger versions): VIDEO Here’s... [Read more]

PHOTOS: A peek inside the Museum of Flight’s new Aviation Pavilion

PHOTOS: A peek inside the Museum of Flight’s new Aviation Pavilion

Story & Photos courtesy resident Elston Hill: The Museum of Flight previewed its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion on Thursday (June 23) for the media. The 9-story high, roofed outdoor gallery doubles... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Jeff Bezos unveils recovered Apollo rocket engines at Museum of Flight

PHOTOS: Jeff Bezos unveils recovered Apollo rocket engines at Museum of Flight

Story & Photos by Elston Hill In 2013, billionaire Jeff Bezos underwrote a private — and secret — expedition to find and recover the Apollo rocket engines that launched astronauts Neil Armstrong,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Blue Angels’ dramatic practice flights take off from Boeing Field

PHOTOS: Blue Angels’ dramatic practice flights take off from Boeing Field

The Blue Angels have been taking off this week – just a stone’s throw from Burien – at Boeing Field, and resident Elston Hill and his wife Jackline went out Thursday morning (July 30) and took... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Museum of Flight soars with epic, historic aircraft

PHOTOS: Museum of Flight soars with epic, historic aircraft

From our sister site The Tukwila Blog: We are lucky to live near the Museum of Flight, a first-class air museum located at 9404 E. Marginal Way South, near Boeing Field in Tukwila. Admission is $20 for... [Read more]

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner exhibit opens this weekend at Museum of Flight

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner exhibit opens this weekend at Museum of Flight

This weekend the Museum of Flight, located at the southwest corner of Boeing Field, will become the first museum in the world to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its collection. The Boeing Company will... [Read more]

Holiday Fun at Museum of Flight Begins with Santa’s Airplane Arrival Dec. 15

Holiday Fun at Museum of Flight Begins with Santa’s Airplane Arrival Dec. 15

“Santa’s Landing Party” at The Museum of Flight in Tukwila begins Saturday morning, December 15, when the jolly old man and his wife will fly in via a classic de Havilland Beaver bush... [Read more]

B-17 Flight Evokes Images About What WWII Missions Were Like

B-17 Flight Evokes Images About What WWII Missions Were Like

by Ralph Nichols, with photos by Michael Brunk A light rain fell from the low, gray sky around Puget Sound Monday morning – just as it often did on American bomber crews based in England and Scotland... [Read more]

Planetary Resources Shooting to “Meet the Asteroids,” Announces Plans

Planetary Resources Shooting to “Meet the Asteroids,” Announces Plans

Story by Mark Neuman Photos courtesy Ted Huetter/Museum of Flight Sounding perhaps like youthful science fiction fans excitedly reciting passages from their favorite cosmic short stories, a handful of... [Read more]

‘One Heck Of A Long Distance Call!’ Students Speak With Orbiting Astronauts

‘One Heck Of A Long Distance Call!’ Students Speak With Orbiting Astronauts

Story by Mark Neuman Photos by Scott Schaefer Three astronauts, orbiting Earth in the International Space Station, turned on a camera, popped open some microphones, and spoke with several local high... [Read more]

Hero Pilot “Sully” Sullenberger Will Safely Land At Museum Of Flight Mar. 8th

Hero Pilot “Sully” Sullenberger Will Safely Land At Museum Of Flight Mar. 8th

The Museum of Flight is presenting An Evening with Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger on Monday, March 8th from 7pm to 9pm in its William M. Allen Theater. As many Readers may recall, “Sully”... [Read more]

15th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest Is Saturday At Museum Of Flight

15th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest Is Saturday At Museum Of Flight

The Museum of Flight is holding an Engineering Fair this weekend, and the one event that stood out to us was the 15th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, Feb. 13th... [Read more]

Apollo 8 Astronaut Speaks At Museum Of Flight On How “We Can Go Back To The Moon”

Apollo 8 Astronaut Speaks At Museum Of Flight On How “We Can Go Back To The Moon”

by Ralph Nichols When the United States eventually returns to space after the shuttle program is retired next year, “we can go back to the moon and on to other planets,” Apollo 8 astronaut... [Read more]

Meet The 1st Pilot & Engineer Of The 747 At Museum Of Flight Saturday

Meet The 1st Pilot & Engineer Of The 747 At Museum Of Flight Saturday

by Mark Neuman Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 3rd) is your chance to attend a panel discussion with the first pilot of the Boeing 747, Brien Wygle, and the plane’s chief engineer, Joseph Sutter. Sutter... [Read more]

Aviation High School Gets Grant, Will Move & Be Re-Named

Aviation High School Gets Grant, Will Move & Be Re-Named

by Josh Hart Thursday morning (March 26th), a press conference was held at Aviation High School’s temporary campus in Des Moines, where a major announcement was made: The school received a $4 million... [Read more]

BREAKING: Aviation High To Land At Museum Of Flight

BREAKING: Aviation High To Land At Museum Of Flight

Aviation High School, currently housed at the former Olympic Elementary School building in Des Moines, has received a private donation of $4 million, moving it well on its path to flying and landing at the Museum of Flight in south Seattle.

According to Catherine Carbone-Rogers, director of communications for the Highline School District, Aviation High School will continue to be managed by Highline; the Seattle School Board has approved an interlocal agreement with Highline to locate the school within Seattle’s boundaries.

The identity of the donor will be revealed at a press conference this Thursday (March 26th), where “he will accept naming rights”; here’s more info from a press release:

Local officials, students, parents, school administrators, and general aviation advocates will join Highline Superintendent John Welch and Aviation High School Principal and CEO Reba Gilman as they announce the first major private donor investment in the relocation of Aviation High School to The Museum of Flight in South Seattle.

Aviation High School has adopted an ambitious plan to relocate to the Museum of Flight by 2012. Construction costs for the new facility are $43.5 million, of which about $20 million has been raised from public and private sources.

This announcement of a major anchor private donor is the first of what is expected to be several other major contributions from individuals and businesses prominent in the aviation, engineering, and technology sectors of the Pacific Northwest.

The major donor will be in attendance to be acknowledged for his sizable gift, and to accept the naming rights to this unique high school.

Aviation High School’s mission and vision is:

To prepare all students for college, career and citizenship through a personalized, rigorous and relevant learning experience that is facilitated in the context of aviation and aerospace.

To be the premier public high school of choice for students in King County and the region who wish to pursue their passion for aviation and aerospace in a learning environment that prepares them for higher education, citizenship, and work.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 East Marginal Way South in Seattle, near Boeing Field, and Aviation High School is currently located at 615 South 200th Street in Des Moines – an 11.6 mile flight:


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Museum Of Flight Honors Aviation High School Principal

Museum Of Flight Honors Aviation High School Principal

Reba Gilman, Principal and CEO of Highline School District’s Aviation High School, will receive the Museum of Flight’s 2008 Pathfinder Award recognizing pioneering achievements in flying,... [Read more]

Tuskegee Airmen Land At Museum Of Flight On Saturday

Tuskegee Airmen Land At Museum Of Flight On Saturday

TUKWILA – This Saturday, May 24th, from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Museum of Flight, you’re invited to meet and hear stories from the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined... [Read more]