Seattle is “jet city,” the home of modern aviation in the United States. Here, in 1916, Bill Boeing founded the Pacific Aero Products Co. and began building seaplanes with local spruce wood. Today, over 100 years later, the Boeing Company remains a major part of Seattle’s economy and workforce. Visiting the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle is one of the best ways to experience and appreciate our region’s long history of aviation.
About 9 miles (15 km) south of downtown, the Museum of Flight features a massive hangar packed full of aircraft old and new. The place is so big that it even makes a modern 787 Dreamliner look small. As the largest independent non-profit air and space museum in the world, the Museum of Flight has something for everyone, and we think it’s one of the coolest tourist attractions in Seattle.