Thursday, November 6, 2003
Thousands welcome Concorde to Seattle
By LARRY LANGE
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
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Airways said the Museum of Flight beat out 74 other competing institutions that wanted the plane. "I'm extremely confident that we have found a good home for (this) Concorde," said David Noyes, the airline's executive vice president for North America.
Concorde pulls into its parking place
Zoom Grant M. Haller / P-I
Among the thousands on hand to see the Concorde arrive yesterday were, from front left, Maureen Drabb and Judy Mason, both with flags, and Paula Clark; second row, Rolland Kruzz, in cap, and Jim Lee, holding camera.
It also arrives as the museum is undergoing a $140 million expansion, and it will become a part of a display the museum hopes to enclose in a building west of Marginal Way and eventually connect to the main museum.
The structure, planned as a third phase of the expansion, would eventually house the Concorde, the first Air Force One jet and prototypes of Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jets. The first expansion phase, already under way, is adding a wing for a collection of 28 vintage World War I and World War II military fighter planes in a "Personal Courage" wing. Costing $53.5 million, it's to open in June.
A second phase will join the current plane-display gallery with the "Personal Courage" wing and add the education center under the barn.
P-I reporter Larry Lange can be reached at 206-448-8313 or firstname.lastname@example.org