After an excellent presentation about the Boeing 747, I walked over the bridge to the air park to see the re-painting of the 747. I stopped at the top of the bridge to sketch this scene. Here is the exterior of the Museum’s Great Gallery. Mt. Rainier is out! Though it was almost 90 degrees, there was a nice breeze at the top of the bridge.
The Museum of Flight’s curatorial team gave us a look at some of the Boeing 747 artifacts in the Museum collection. Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn gave an update on the exterior restoration of RA-001. External painting begins today! Internal restoration has been in process by volunteers.
It was an excellent hour long presentation, which included history of the Boeing 747 and artifacts from the collection. The 747 has carried the equivalent of 80% of the word’s population during its decades of service. It has flown in the airlines of 89 countries.
Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn holds a model of one of first design configurations. You will note that this is a double decker aircraft and it is shorter than the final 747.
I thought these were a very cool artifact. Boeing was about to recycle these when they were offered to the Museum. These are flat paint plan models, cut out of the same sheet of metal out of which the aircraft to be painted was cut. Each is painted with the same paint to be used on the aircraft. In addition to the plans on paper, these were a visual cue to the workers painting the aircraft.
This flight attendant apron is an example of the very 1970’s color schemes used in the decor of the interior of the early versions of the aircraft!