The Museum of Flight in Seattle is ready for the long-awaited fly-in arrival of its 1935 Lockheed Electra. Following 78 years in service, it's the vintage plane's final flight, arriving at Boeing Field on Saturday, September 21 at 1:45 PM. The rare aircraft, the same type as Amelia Earhart's famous plane, will be the centerpiece of a permanent Earhart exhibit opening at the museum in October. Saturday's celebration includes Electra simulator flights, music and other festivities. Museum visitors who dress in the style of the 1930s will be offered half-price admission.
Prior to its arrival in Seattle, the Electra made its first public appearance at the Reno National Championship Air Races, September 10-15. En route to Seattle on its retirement flight from Reno on Saturday, the vintage plane will fly over an Amelia Earhart event in Independence, Oregon and fly near such Northwest landmarks as Mt. Rainier and the Seattle skyline. Following low passes prior to is landing at Boeing Field, the Electra will taxi into the museum's parking lot and park next to vintage cars from the 1920s and 1930s. The Electra will be on view in the parking lot for the rest of the day, and will not be on display again until its indoor installation in the Earhart exhibit that opens on Oct. 12, 2013.
Electra's History - The Lockheed Electra was built for Northwest Airlines and started passenger service in 1935. It served in WWII and returned to flying passengers for airlines in Brazil and the US until it was restored in 1996 to replicate Amelia Earhart's Electra. A year later, Linda Finch flew it around the world, reenacting Earhart's ill-fated 1937 last flight. Today, there is one other Lockheed Model 10-E Electra in existence, but the Museum of Flight's is the only one on public display.
Lockheed Electra Arrival Celebration - September 21, 2013 - The Museum of Flight - Seattle
- 9:00 AM - Vintage cars on display in east parking lot where the Electra will taxi in. They include a 1929 Packard, 1930 Cadillac V-16 Laundaulette and a 1929 Studebaker Dictator.
- 10:00 AM - Museum opens. Half-price admission for visitors who come in period dress.
- 11:00 AM - Flight training in Aviation Learning Center flights simulators with "flights" int he Electra.
- 11 AM & 1:00 PM - Celebrate the achievements of Amelia Earhart and make your own Lockheed Electra.
- 12 Noon - Lockheed Model 10-E: The Airplane and the Lady presentation by aviation historian Bob Bogash and Museum Curator Dan Hagedorn.
- 12:45 PM - Electra flies over Independence, Oregon where the Oregon Pines 99s are hosting an Amelia Earhart seminar.
- 1:00 PM - Festivities begin in the museum parking lot with music by the Market Street Dixieland Band.
- 1:45 PM - After flying over Elliott Bay, the Electra circles Boeing Field, does a fly-by and lands. Speakers at the welcoming ceremony include museum president Doug King; SVP of Wells Fargo Marilyn Metz; and Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines president.
- 3:00 PM - Museum donors are invited to look at the Electra, followed by museum guests. Docents and volunteers will be available to answer questions.