A life size model of a wheel on the Mars rover Curiosity. Holes in the tread help with guidance and spell JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Morse Code.

This past weekend the Museum of Flight in Seattle held a preview of their recently acquired space shuttle full fuselage trainer. While the museum did not win the honor of displaying one of the space shuttles, they received this ply wood mock up as a consolation prize. The trainer sits in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery surrounded by space artifacts and displays.

The needle of the Concord juts past the nose of the former Air Force One.

Founded in 1965, the Museum of Flight is the world’s largest private aerospace museum. The museum is located amidst Boeing’s many offices and hangers on Boeing Field. Although Boeing is a major patron of the Museum of Flight, the museum is independent of the Boeing Corporation with a collection covering the breadth of aeronautical history. Some particularly interesting aircraft in the collection include a Lockheed Martin SR-71 supersonic spy plane, the Boeing 707 that severed as the first Air Force One and a British Airways Concord.

A F-14-A Tomcat with landing gear detail. Entering service in 1970, the F-14 served as the United States’ primary navel air support aircraft until its retirement in 2006. It is particularly famous for its role in Top Gun (1986) and its use by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

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