Boeing 737 celebrates 50th birthday at Museum of Flight on Sunday

The Museum of Flight’s Boeing 737 prototype parked next to a 787 Dreamliner in the museum’s Aviation Pavilion. The 737 celebrates its 50th birthday on Sunday. COURTESY PHOTO, Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight in Tukwila will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 737’s first flight on Sunday, April 9.

A panel presentation at noon will include maiden flight pilot Brien Wygle and original 737 engineers Bob Bogash and Peter Morton. Boeing Company historian Mike Lombardi will moderate. The Boeing Company will provide a new 737 MAX for viewing in the parking lot.

A reception in the Aviation Pavilion follows from 2-4 p.m. Guests include the panelists, former flight attendants and others who participated in the colorful history of the world’s most successful airliner. Festivities include a toast and cupcakes. A giant birthday card will be on display, which visitors will be encouraged to sign. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their own cards with stories of their own experiences. Indoor and Aviation Pavilion events are free with admission to the museum, 9404 E. Marginal Way S.

The historic jetliner prototype in the Museum’s collection was nicknamed the Baby Boeing. It was a Boeing test aircraft until 1973, when it was sold to NASA and used as a “flying laboratory” until 1997, when it was retired to the museum’s care. After six years in storage and restoration under Crew Chief Bob Bogash’s loving care, Baby Boeing made a final flight home to Boeing Field on Sept. 21, 2003.

For additional information about the 737 prototype, see restoration Crew Chief Bob Bogash’s website.

For museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.

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