Dance of the aircraft

Yesterday and today, the Museum of Flight performed quite the bit of choreography in moving aircraft out of and into the new Aviation Pavilion.

The Pavilion opened last June but there were some planes missing from the plan.  They were temporarily on display on the east side of campus, near the main Museum.

Yesterday I arrived about 0730 and stayed until 1100 to watch 3 aircraft be moved out of the Pavilion and one moved in.  Later (or today) another was moved in and the 3 moved back.  The  B-17, B-29 and Concorde moved out, to the east across E. Marginal Way to a temporary spot at Boeing Field.

Yesterday it was a chilly, raining morning.  There were long pauses between moves so I sat in my car.  It stopped raining for a bit so I got most of the background done in this sketch so I could hurriedly pencil in the aircraft once it was on the move!  The rain did not hold off long enough so I had to finish it at home.

Then the United 727 and Air Force One were moved into the Pavilion.  I stayed only long enough to see the 727 move west across E. Marginal Way.  Here, it’s moving backwards into the Pavilion.

More photos 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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