Article Date: May 1st, 2011
Category: Heritage Briefs, May 2011
The Museum of Flight learned last not that it will not receive one of the much coveted space shuttles that are being retired by NASA, but it has won a very nice consolation prize: a full-fuselage shuttle trainer.Â According to The Seattle Times, Museum CEO Doug King says this artifact â€œmay be better,â€ because unlike the actual space shuttles, which need to be displayed in ways that ensure visitors cannot touch them, the trainier is built of plywood and should be much more accessible to museum visitors.
The trainer will be the showpiece of the museum’s $12 million Space Gallery, being constructed across East Marginal Way South from the main museum building, and connected to it by a skybridge. The museum also has moon rocks, an Apollo space capsule and a Mars lander among its space-related contents.