Museum of Flight New Exhibit Waves at the Navy’s History of Flight

“Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation” opens July 23

SEATTLE – On July 23, The Museum of Flight opens a new, temporary exhibit presenting an overview of the first 100 years of flight operations by the U.S. Navy. 2011 marks the centennial of Naval aviation, and this exhibit examines the events, people and machines that shaped the Navy’s legacy of flight. The exhibit will include artifacts and pilot ephemera dating back to World War I, photographs and video presentations, with an emphasis on the long relationship between Naval aviation and the Pacific Northwest. The Blue Angels, Marine and Coast Guard aviation will also be covered.
Complementing the exhibit will be special programs, films and fly-ins. Naval aviation is also well represented in the Museum’s permanent aircraft collection. These aircraft are on view at the Museum’s Boeing Field campus and at the Restoration Center on Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
Naval aircraft in the Museum’s collection include:

Vought (XF-8A) XF8U-1 Crusader

Stearman PT-13A Kaydet (A75)

Stinson SR Reliant

Sikorsky (USA) HH-52 Seaguard

Pratt-Read PR-G1 Glider

McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier

McDonnell F-4C (F-110A) Phantom II

Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II

General Motors (Eastern Aircraft Division) FM-2 Wildcat

Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

Grumman A-6E Intruder

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar

Howard DGA-15P

Beech C-45H Expeditor

Boeing 100/P-12/F4B

For more information about U.S. Naval Aviation’s 100th birthday, visit

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo.

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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