Pre or Post Cruise Ideas: Celebrating Aerospace near Seattle

Pre or Post Cruise Ideas: Aerospace Tours Near Seattle

Aerospace Tours Near Seattle: Flying Heritage Collection, Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Historic Flight Foundation.

If cruise visitors staying in Seattle for longer than a night have some free time on their hands, take a trip to Snohomish County to enjoy an aerospace tour.  I had a chance to visit three of the options available and although it was a lot of planes, I really got to see what each collection and attraction had to offer.

As you can see from the Google Map, the attractions are very close together.

Aerospace attractions near Paine Field

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Aerospace Tours Near Seattle

  • Flying Heritage Collection
  • Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour
  • Historic Flight Foundation


Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th Street Southwest
Everett, WA

Flying Heritage Collection

The Flying Heritage Collection is a premier aviation attraction, with something of interest for visitors of all ages. Visitors will be impressed with Paul G. Allen’s (as in Microsofot) collection of rare military aircraft, which are from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Russia.

Flying Heritage Collection's North American P-51D Mustang

Upupa Epops a real-fighter restored to originally glory.

Equipped with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the P-51 was became one of the best-known and most feared fighters in the world.

Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour
8415 Paine Field Blvd
Mukilteo, WA



A trip to the Boeing plant is about as good as it gets. To see the assembly line where the newest and best planes are getting produced is a real treat. As they mentioned on the tour, “If’s it’s not Boeing, I am not going.” >>> Read my full review here.

Interactive Exhibits and Hand’s On Experiences

727 Flightdeck display.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour offers the only opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. The center and tour are made possible through the collaboration of the Boeing Company, Future of Flight Foundation, Snohomish County Public Facilities District and the Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field.

Historic Flight Foundation Collection
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA

Historic Flight at Kilo-6 offers a collection of  aircraft produced between 1927 and 1957—all restored and airborne again. This aerospace tour is open for public viewing and arrangements can be made (for a fee) to fly in one of the aircrafts.


Meet Grumpy a B-Bomber with attitude

The B-25D Mitchell Bomber was out and ready to take some passengers on a ride the day we were visiting.  Like all the planes in the collection, the warbird was operational.

Historic Flight: P51B Mustang


Not for the average aviator. The super-fast P-51B Mustang emerged in 1942 as a high-altitude North American fighter that could escort bombers deep into enemy territory.


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