Inspiration Begins Here!

Since I made a donation to the “Inspiration Begins Here” campaign for the new Aviation Pavilion, we were invited to a special donor event, the Aviation Pavilion Preview.  We got to view the moving of aircraft from the 2nd floor atrium of the Raisbeck Aviation High

The 787 Dreamliner is so large it had to be moved into the half built Aviation Pavilion before the second half could be built.  Once installed, a large supporting beam at mid-point can be put in and the second half of the roof built.  The B-17 was also moved in as it  had lost the donated hanger in which it had been stored over past winters.

There were several students from the high school on hand to give tours.  I thought this was actually the most interesting part of the event!  I’d never been inside so enjoyed all the information provided by our excellent tour guide.  We walked through three floors.  Our guide was a junior girl, aspiring to a career as an aeronautical engineer.

The walls of the hallways each have large, inspirational graphics.

Delightful nerd humor:  It’s the Raisbeck Aviation High School students’ version of the Seahawks fans’ 12 Flag.  Get it??

HUGE white boards are placed in several large gathering areas for students to use when
collaborating on a project!

I thought the tour of the high school was at least as interesting as the rest of the day…. maybe more so.   The school motto is:  The sky is NOT the limit”.  How cool is that?!

First we had brunch.  It was quite delicious. Though the caterer is the same, it was much better than what is usually served in the Museum’s cafe.  I even had 2 servings of the kale salad!

Then the main event….. watching the very slow move of the Dreamliner 787 across Marginal Way and into the new Air Pavilion.  It was so slow, in fact, that I could do a quick sketch in my pocket watercolor book.

The B-17 followed but was a much faster journey.


Once both aircraft were in place, we were allowed to walk out into the pavilion, among the very first to do so.

I took 130 photos and one or two videos. Culled the photos down to 70 images which are all here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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