747 prototype open for tours at Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — Visitors to The Museum of Flight during August weekends will be able to board one of the most influential aircraft in the history of commercial aviation — the Boeing 747 prototype.

The historic aircraft was never used as an airliner, and has seldom been open to the public since its maiden flight in 1969, according to museum officials.

The jet will be open to the public every August Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum’s recent restoration efforts to the plane’s interior reflect its service as a flight test aircraft. Touring the aircraft is free with admission to the museum.

The museum’s aircraft was the first 747 ever built — serial number 001. It first flew on Feb. 9, 1969, over Western Washington. Later, this aircraft served as a testbed for 747 systems improvements and new engine developments for other Boeing commercial jets, including the Boeing 777 engine program.

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