Boasting one of the biggest and best ensembles of historic aircraft in the USA, the Museum of Flight encompasses two giant galleries filled with planes – from John Glenn’s 1962 Mercury space capsule and an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane to Spitfires and Messerschmitts. The galleries surround the restored 1909 “Red Barn” that was the original Boeing manufacturing plant, now displaying relics from the early days of flight. You can also have a go on several flight simulators, while more icons are on display outside in the museum’s expansive Airpark, which has a walk-in collection of planes that include the 737 and 747, as well as a Concorde and the first jet Air Force One.

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