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Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« on: February 01, 2018, 03:39:38 PM »
My son and I are aviation enthusiasts, so for the yeshiva off week I used my AA miles to book R/T BWI-SEA on Alaska's direct flight. We spent hours at the Museum of Flight, the Boeing plant and several other aviation related museums in the area. We also visited the Amazon GO store as it opened to the public that Monday.

We stayed in an Airbnb in Seward Park a block from Ezra Bessorth, used a combination of Lyft/Uber/Car2Go/ReachNow/Lightrail during the week, and rented a car for the weekend trip to Everett.(If you never drove a Mercedes or BMW, here is your chance!)

The website www.seattlevaad.org contains a wealth of information regarding shuls, kosher establishments (no meat restaurants), hospitality and other topics of interest.

Museum of Flight is FANTASTIC, some highlights:

737 Frame #1



The very first jet powered "Air Force One"/VC-137


And you can walk THROUGH it too!





The very first 747:


You can explore the inside too....

787 frame #3


A BA Concorde you can walk THROUGH and UNDER/AROUND


and MAGNIFICENT aviation galleries:


This P-51 Mustang donated by Israeli Air Force, it's exact history is unknown as the serial numbers and other identifiers were removed from the aircraft before it was shipped to Israel during the War of Independence. It has been repainted into WWII colors


At Paine field, we saw the next 2 EL-AL 787's on the flightline - 4X-EDC and 4X-EDD - EDD had just come off the production line the day before.(You will need to zoom in to see the tails, sorry) EDD is the farther one facing the camera, EDC is now in the paint shop in Pertland


Dreamlifter unloading



Norwegian test flight #1


Amazon GO store videos are still processing on YouTube, I'll post then as soon as I get notified they are done
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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 03:46:46 PM »
Love it!  Am just planning a Vancouver to Tijuana road trip for the summer.  Will have to add these to the itinerary!

The SR71 Blackbird made me drool a little. 

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 04:04:39 PM »
Which shul did you go to?

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2018, 04:14:49 PM »
Cool trip, FYI your name is visible in the Flickr links in case you wanted to change that.

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2018, 06:43:48 PM »
Love it!  Am just planning a Vancouver to Tijuana road trip for the summer.  Will have to add these to the itinerary!

The SR71 Blackbird made me drool a little.
Technically this is the MR-21 but the same family :).
The MoF website will help you plan a visit based on the amount of time you have and interests - it's almost impossible to see and absorb everything in one visit.
Make sure you stop at Everett for the Boeing tour, and purchase your tickets in advance


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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2018, 06:44:33 PM »
Cool trip, FYI your name is visible in the Flickr links in case you wanted to change that.
Thank you, I see what you mean and fixed the html

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 06:49:02 PM »
Which shul did you go to?
Bikur Cholim during the week. For Shabbos we were placed for meals so we davened with our hosts. Friday night at Ezra Bessoroth (fascinating community) and Shabbos morning at Ashreichem. Mincha Maariv back at Ezra Bessoroth since it was right nearby.

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2018, 06:57:47 PM »
Here are the GO store videos, they speak for themselves.

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2 things:1) The app shopping cart does not update instantly as you add/remove items 2)You receive your receipt about 10 minutes after leaving the store

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2018, 08:37:11 PM »
Awesome TR, my type of trip. They allow photos now at Boeing's museum of flight?

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2018, 11:20:48 PM »
The Museum of Flight is an independent non-profit situated on Boeing Field. Future of Flight in Everett IS owned by Boeing, and that is where the factory tours are - with NO photography.


There is also the MoF Restoration Center (very very cool stuff including the only deHallivand Comet in North America, and the only surviving section of Boeing's SST), as well as Paul Allens museum of aircraft and tanks.


I've got a lot more pics, as well as ones from my son. If I can figure out how to segment off an album as public without allowing access to the rest of my collections, I'll put that up here for your perusal. This is the first time I've published a trip report, so its a learning experience

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2018, 07:05:58 AM »
The Museum of Flight is an independent non-profit situated on Boeing Field. Future of Flight in Everett IS owned by Boeing, and that is where the factory tours are - with NO

Gotcha, thanks for the info.

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2018, 08:07:44 AM »
Great TR!
Reciew of the places you ate at?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2018, 11:49:44 AM »
Dan,

Seattle is definitely NOT a kosher gastronomic destination; there are 4 eateries, all dairy/parve scattered over a huge area. For some bizarre reason, all the kosher establishments are 20-25 minutes away from the main Seward Park community. With that information in hand, we took a small cooler back with vacuum packed homemade corned beef & schnitzel and bought salad bags etc. locally. However we did make it to the following 2 establishments:

Bamboo Garden - This kosher Chinese vegetarian restaurant is very close to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, and we decided to try it since we were in the area. The website lists lunch and dinner specials but they were not offered with the menus. I had Stewed Oyster Mushroom, Vegetables in Satay Peanut Sauce, and my son has the lo mein. Both were EXCELLENT, and the portions were generous. It's quite amazing what these folks can do with tofu. Sorry, no pictures.

On the way to/from Everett, we stopped at the kosher Einstein Bros. bagel store located inside the QFC University Village store that also has a large kosher department. The cinnamon coffee is unlike anything you've tried before, and their fresh squeezed orange juice IS done right on the spot. Between our two visits, we had lox/bagel and egg/cheese/bagel sandwiches, which were very tasty and served up quickly. On Mondays, they sell a baker's dozen for $7, and there is so much demand that we got hot out of the oven bagels at 2 PM. They have a large variety of flavors, and we took back to Baltimore pretzel, potato, blueberry and cranberry bagels (sorry Goldbergs!)

I also made it to the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (technically the SECOND location, their first location burned down and they relocated to their current store) and bought a cup of Pike Place Reserve Roast, a smoother version of Pike Place that is brewed as a pour-over on the spot and is sold ONLY in this store, and no where else. It was VERY good! It even comes with its own "hot cup band".




Given the amount of interest and the fact that I don't see any other Seattle trip reports out there, I will expand my report to include the sightseeing and other aviation-related activities we did. I just need to upload my son's pictures to Flikr as we have some great ramp shots of the new Air Force 767 tankers and a FedEx 727! We did see two Poseidens but they were mostly blocked from view by fences.
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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2018, 03:22:34 PM »
Island Crust Cafe was my favorite kosher spot in SEA. Looking forward to see the rest of the report and pics.

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Re: Seattle Aviation Trip + Amazon GO 1st opening week w/video
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2018, 04:04:05 PM »
I wanted to go there motzai shabbos since I had the rental car already (not worth it for a 20 min Uber ride each way) and they are CLOSED SAT NIGHT  >:( >:( :-\
« Last Edit: February 02, 2018, 04:10:04 PM by qsman »