In This Issue
Membership Program
Member Events
Volunteer With FoFF
Family Zone
Salesforce User Group
Holiday Event Planning
Photo Credits
Inspiring Memories
Chris Hadfield Book Signing
Gala & Auction a Success
New in the Gallery
Northwest Event Show
Education Planning Guide
Teacher Advisory Board
Financial Assistance Program
Weekend Family Workshops
The Innovator
Aviation Roundup
FoF Gift Store
What Our Visitors Say
Future of Flight
After Hours on the Strato Deck,
one of the fun benefits of
becoming a member
Join in the fun! Choose the membership that fits you and your family: Student $25, Educator $30, Adult $50 and Family $75. The Family membership includes a second adult in the same household and two children/grandchildren. Discounts are offered to military and seniors; ID required. And Yes, $5 discounts are available for veterans or Seniors over age 65.

For more information, or to join, please click here
  • Unlimited free visits for one year into the Aviation Center
  • Strato Deck viewing access for the best view of Paine Field
  • Advanced notice of upcoming events and special offers
  • Discounts on selected FOFF educational programs
  • FOFF informational e-blasts
  • 10% discount on purchases at our Future of Flight Gift Shop
  • One annual tour guest pass to be used off season for the Boeing Tour
Special Offer for 
Small Businesses 
and Corporations
Offer expires Dec. 31, 2014
Twelve to 23 people paying with one check for any of the four Membership levels listed above establishes a small business or even a group of friends to receive an amazing introductory offer and receive 25% off. Twenty-four or more people paying in one check for any of the four membership levels listed above establishes a business or even a group of friends to receive an amazing introductory offer and receive 40% off. Email [email protected] or call 425-438-8100 x224.
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Member Mornings 
Tour the Historic 
Flight Foundation
Exclusively for Future of Flight Foundation Members! Share the rush of viewing international treasures from all angles. Whether you're an experienced aviator, a student of history, or a newcomer, spark and fuel your passion - both for aviation and for epiphanies born from hard labor.

Where: Please join us at the Future of Flight in the Flightline Room for a light continental breakfast at 7:00 a.m. We will then caravan over to Historic Flight for our private tour. Pre-registration is required. At the time of this printing we have 12 spaces left. 

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Who: Members and their guests.

To register, click HERE

Join us for Maker Mondays (Member Program)

The Makerspace is now open to all during Maker Mondays, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the FoFF Gallery! Learn 3D modeling and how to use a 3D printer from FoFF staff and other skilled users, and print your first piece free. Makerspace access is free to members, and $5 with a gallery pass to non-members. Drop-ins are welcome! For information or to register, contact [email protected] Makers under age 15 must have an adult chaperone present at all times.


Are you unclear what a 3D machine can do? Check out this link which shows inspiring examples.


Note: Our Makerbot Replicator is excellent at printing complex parts quickly, but the larger a part is the longer it will take. If your design needs to be printed overnight, we will hold it for you to pick up later!

Those interested or experienced in 3D printing, we need you! Please consider applying here. As we grow our volunteer team, we can expand our hours or days.

Museum of Flight Restoration Center, November 5, 2014


CLICK HERE for upcoming events

Ed Kaplanian, 
Exhibits Researcher 
and Gallery Guides Manager 


The Future of Flight Foundation is accepting volunteer applications for the several volunteer positions including:

Data Entry Specialist;  

Grant Prospector/ Researcher;  
Membership Committee Volunteer;
Event Support;  
Special Projects;  
Estate Planning Attorney;  
Science of Flight Explainer;
Social Media Specialist;
3D Printer Volunteer for Makerbot Replicator 2;  
Gallery Guides;
Graphic Designer.

For the complete volunteer job descriptions please click here or contact [email protected] for more information.
In Our Aviation Center
(in the Gallery near the elevator)
 Daily from 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore with your children "How Planes are Made." A perfect option for children who do not meet the height requirement for the Boeing Tour or for families who enjoy learning and playing together. Led by Gus, Amanda and Kyle (Education Staff), participants will explore how planes are made through experimenting with carefully selected toys.

7 days a week

Free for members and those under five years old. All others, the admission fee is $10 per person for access into the Aviation Center Gallery.

Notes: We are seeking volunteers from 18 years and up! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Special thanks to The Boeing Store and the Future of Flight Gift Store for donating the majority of "toys." 


Future of Flight Foundation will be hosting a Salesforce User Group meeting monthly starting 

Monday, December 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Flight Deck room. The Salesforce Foundation provides grants for non-profits for up to 10 licenses (yes, we have one!). Those interested in attending please connect with our Executive Director Bonnie at [email protected] who will put you on her invitation list. The format of these meetings is a blend of show and tell, Q & A and supporting each other.

Visit the Boeing Store's Gray Screen in the Gallery
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Boeing Store's gray screen gives visitors to the Future of Flight an opportunity to commemorate their visit with a free souvenir photo. When you visit, be sure to stop by the booth, located in the Gallery. Pose for a photo, choose a background from the factory tour, and email it from our on-site kiosks or later from home. You may also join our mailing list, to keep up to date on information and offers from the Boeing Store. 
Note: When hosting a private event at the Future of Flight, this photo booth resource is available for your group for a fee for this service. For information, contact 




Planning a holiday party? Or know of somebody looking for a fabulous, educational and undoubtedly fun venue? The Future of Flight Aviation Center still has some prime dates available! We can offer our Aviation Gallery for up to 999 guests! The rental includes use of our Grand Lobby entrance space as well. We will already be dramatically decorated, and the theater lighting creates a stunning evening space. Contact Christine Russell, Events Associate Director, to book your holiday celebration now: [email protected] or 425-438-8100 x225. 

Photo Credits

The Leading Edge Masthead photo: Peter Bro
Membership Program: Christine Russell
Member Event: Historic Flight Foundation
3D Printing Makerspace: Kyle Bates-Green
Museum of Flight Restoration Center Member Event: Bonnie Hilory
Family Zone: Pablo Gonzalez-Gandolfi
Boeing Store Gray Screen: The Boeing Store/Briana Pinckert

Holiday Party Planning: FoF Chris Hadfield Event: Liz Matzelle (Link is to photos by Pablo Gonzales-Gandolfi and Liz Matzelle)
4th Annual Gala & Auction: Northwest Photo, Print & Design, Inc.
Gallery Fans: Toni Olson
2014 Northwest Event Show: Vanessa Dunn
Weekend Family Workshops: Pablo Gonzales-Gandolfi
Innovator: FoF

FoF Gift Store: Seiko

Inspiring Memories
Bonnie Hilory, Executive Director

With Thanksgiving around the corner I find myself reflecting about my "firsts." 

I vividly remember my first staff meeting, my first board meeting, our 4-day Design Charrette (to listen to our community and capture feedback), our weekend family workshops which entertain all generations, my first book signing (with the amazing women featured in the Trailblazers book), our first member event (private tour of Flying Heritage Collection and watching Space Ship One being hung), our first After Hours event for members on the Strato Deck, my first Boeing airplane delivery at Future of Flight (Air New Zealand), my first Wine, Wings & More event, my first Gala & Auction (our non-profit's 4th), and last week my first Astronaut event with Chris Hadfield (which was sold out at 400).

I am reminded that our future is bright. Our dedicated staff, talented volunteers, thoughtful board leaders, and supportive partners continue to work together to create positive experiences for our members, visitors, and guests.
As we enter Thanksgiving and the holiday season, please consider spending some time with us at Future of Flight on a Boeing Tour, joining our Education team with Maker Mondays and our 3D printer lab (3 to 8 p.m.), or Weekend Family Workshops (held each Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., or our next FoFF member event which is on December 2, a breakfast here and then a private tour of Historic Flight Foundation. 

With appreciation,

Bonnie Hilory

Executive Director
[email protected]
425-438-8100 x221



Chris Hadfield has the 
undivided attention of his audience.
What a great event! More than 400 people attended the presentation and book signing on Saturday, Nov. 8. Commander Hadfield was awesome and

Click here to view photos from the event. Can you find yourself getting your book(s) signed?




The Future of Flight Foundation 4th Annual Gala & Auction raised over $182,000 to further our mission of inspiring students to select STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
careers and building a workforce with capable, prepared, diverse talent. 

John Curley of KIRO 97.3 FM was the auctioneer extraordinaire and Russ Cimber, Production Director for KIRO 97.3 FM, 710 ESPN, and 770 KTTH, was Master of Ceremonies. After the cocktail reception and silent auctions, the guests moved to the exhibit gallery for dinner and an exciting live auction. 

Honorary Chairs were Elizabeth & Dr. Jim Lund.
Elizabeth is the Vice President & General Manager of the 777 Program & Everett Site, The Boeing Company, and Jim is a physician in Internal Medicine at Pacific Medical Centers. Our Honorary Chairs ensured the Fund-a-Need was the most memorable portion of the evening and led the way to raising $46,275 for the Financial Assistance Fund for students and schools in need so they can experience our aerospace related STEAM education programs. View the video here. If you were unable to attend the Gala & Auction, and would like to contribute to the Fund-a-Need program, please click here.

Sponsors included: UPS Provider Supply Chain Solutions, The Boeing Company, Snohomish County Paine Field Airport, Aero Law Group, Emirates Airlines, NW Duty Free Stores, Inc, Alaska Airlines, People's Bank, ABC Rentals by CORT, Airfield Estates Winery, Staybridge Suites, Gobe Design and Production, and El Gaucho Events.

Click here to view images of the Gala and Auction for 2014.

To become a sponsor for next year's event please write to [email protected]

Two new large, innovative fans have been installed in the Gallery. They are designed to destratify air and save money, and are part of a County-funded energy conservation effort, including updated controls and HVAC improvements.


Pictured from left: Christine Russell,
Future of Flight; Vanessa Dunn, 
Historic Flight Foundation; Kristi Douglas, Flying Heritage Collection.

Paine Field Attractions received a recent exposure boost at the 2014 Northwest Events Show at the Washington State Convention Center on October 21, 2014. Event professionals from all over the region attended this one-day event. Thanks to the generous support from Paine Field Snohomish County Airport, the Historic Flight Foundation, Flying Heritage Collection, Museum of Flight Restoration Center, and The Future of Flight joined together for a fun promotional event. All four venues are featured in the B & E Resource Guide, designed by category for planning weddings, meetings, and special events. Each attendee received this important planning resource guide, thought to be an event planner's best friend. 


Our education team and supportive volunteers have been distributing our Education Planning Guide throughout Snohomish and North King counties. If you would like a copy for yourself, or know of a school or youth program that has not received theirs yet, please contact Gus at [email protected] or 425-438-8100 x231, and we will get them delivered!

We have developed a wide range of new programs designed to address teachers' needs for additional learning in their classrooms. These engaging programs are aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math according to subject matter.

Our Education Planning Guide is a tool designed to help teachers identify the appropriate programs for their classes, while also learning more about what's happening at the Future of Flight in terms of events, membership, and other unique opportunities. Please request your copy today, or view it here!

We are seeking new members for our brand new Teacher Advisory Board (TAB). If you have participated in a Future of Flight education program sometime in the last two years, or are planning to participate in education programs in the near future - WE WANT YOU!

Come share about your experiences, and provide valuable feedback for us as we reflect on, and create, educational programs.

Be the first to join our Teacher Advisory Board (User Group)! The Teacher Advisory Board is comprised of educators and youth leaders who have experience using our programs. We'll be meeting quarterly to provide feedback and recommendations for curriculum alignment, ideas for teacher professional development workshops, and suggestions for educationally relevant programs and events. As a TAB member, you will be helping the Future of Flight Foundation maximize the efficacy of our efforts to meet the needs of our educational community. TAB members also qualify to receive program discounts when they register their class. The first two meetings will be a deep dive on up to two
programs, and the third meeting will be focused
on planning for the 2015-16 school year, including reviewing and recommending professional development options, changes in 2014-2015 for the 2015-16 Education Planning Guide, and financial assistance modifications and educational program offerings. We look forward to having our first TAB meeting on Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Future of Flight Aviation Center. Contact [email protected] to express your interest.

Our philosophy: Future of Flight Foundation will never deny a child (under 18) participation because of an inability to pay.

We dream of inspiring students to consider a career in a STEAM related field, and further in an aviation-related career. We aim to develop educational programs which are consistently high-quality. To achieve this, more student impact is needed. We will achieve this by offering a classroom or non-profit financial assistance for groups as well as individuals. Thanks to the generous support of our donors we are able to fulfill our goal to inspire young people to explore careers in STEAM fields. To request a financial assistance application, please contact [email protected].



These fun and informative programs have added a significant component for hundreds of visitors, providing a unique connection with flight and the science of aviation.

Specific topics will be identified and explored on the day of the program, with a constant emphasis on the basic science that makes flight possible, the power and educational value of organic flight, and a sense that aviation technology is continuing to evolve.

Workshops are free with Gallery or Tour admission, and free for members. Workshops are scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call Gus Posey at 425-438-8100 x231.




The Innovator, a virtual reality ride located in the Gallery, has a new experience: The Blue Angels! Tickets for the Innovator are $8, in addition to your Boeing Tour or Gallery ticket.


Ed Kaplanian, Exhibits Researcher
and Gallery Guides Manager 

Boeing, COMAC Open Facility to 

Transform "Gutter Oil" into Aviation Fuel

On October 22 Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million gallons (1.8 billion liters) of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil. Read more here.

Boeing Begins Production 

on First 737 MAX Parts

Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at the Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. Read more here.

Seiko Watches! Now available at the Future of Flight Gift Store!
Every day, Future of Flight and Boeing employees, members and military get a 10% discount on regularly-priced items!

The Future of Flight & Boeing Tour has been awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 


"I was thoroughly impressed with the Boeing operation. Worth a visit if you're in the Seattle area. You get to see several planes in production too." Visited November 2014.


Read more reviews here


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The Future of Flight Foundation, in partnership with The Boeing Company and Snohomish County,
serving as operator of the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour


The Future of Flight Foundation (an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) opened the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour on December 17, 2005. In its nearly nine years of operation, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors. In addition to operating and managing the Future of Flight, the Foundation embraces the important role of stewardship of an active and healthy Culture of Philanthropy. Education, events, Aviation Center exhibits, and financial assistance for needy schools and non-profits are key areas of impact. The Future of Flight Foundation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company and Snohomish County. Under the leadership of the County, the Future of Flight facility is partially funded by the Snohomish County Public Facilities District. The Foundation is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, with representation from The Boeing Company and Snohomish County. 


The Future of Flight is located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275, on the northwest corner of Paine Field, Snohomish County Airport.

From Interstate 5 North of Seattle or South of Vancouver, BC, take Exit 189 and head west. Just past the Boeing assembly building, turn left at the four-way stoplight where Highway 526 intersects with 84th St. SW and Paine Field Blvd. The entry drive for the Future of Flight & Boeing Tour will be on your left.


Admission ranges from $9 to $20 depending on the audience and time of year. Check our pricing: Tickets


The Foundation offers four annual memberships, which provide a guest pass annually for a Boeing tour (during the value season) and access to the Aviation Center during our operating hours without an additional charge. Other benefits are a monthly e-newsletter, and special invitations to events ranging from free to discounted member-related events rates. The Future of Flight Gift Store provides a 10% discount to Foundation members who have their card at time of purchase.


We have a preferred caterers list (available upon request) and a caf´┐Ż on site. For more information please call 425-438-8100 or visit


Sales and Marketing Director

Communications Manager

Sandy Ward

425-438-8100 ext 223

[email protected]

Toni Olson

425-438-8100 ext 240

[email protected]


Events Associate Director

Executive Admin and Board Liaison Manager (supporting members)

Christine Russell

425-438-8100 ext 225

[email protected]

Caroline Okello

425-438-8100 Ext 224

[email protected]