Century Old Air Cargo Story Now on Display
Thanks to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the century old air cargo story is now on display for all to see. But it didn’t happen overnight.
In 2015, the museum approached FedEx Express about constructing an exhibit that explains the air cargo story, its history and the prominent role it now plays in global aviation.
FedEx agreed. Over the next several months, the first aviation exhibit of its kind was produced by the museum with the company’s help.
“Early on, we agreed that the history of air cargo needed to be told due to the great impact this industry has on world commerce and trade,” said Phil Blum, FedEx Express vice president of Fleet Development and Strategic Projects. “The exhibit complements historic commercial aircraft in the museum and presents a major facet of the aviation industry that most airline passengers never get to see.”
A $1.5 million investment by FedEx made the exhibit possible. The hope is it will give the Museum’s 500,000 plus annual visitors, students and teachers a first-hand look at how the air cargo business has evolved and will continue to influence global commerce.
“We’re generating awareness as to how the air cargo business has evolved during the past 100 years, while providing a glimpse into what it takes to run a worldwide logistics company,” Blum said. “By detailing the history of air cargo transportation, we aim to inspire new generations of aviation enthusiasts to potentially get involved in this dynamic and growing industry.”
The exhibit offers an interactive experience housed within a 34-ft. section of a former FedEx 727 transport jet. The exhibit provides a behind-the-scenes look into FedEx operations, sample shipments in discovery boxes and innovative flooring technology used to quickly load and position cargo containers.
The exhibit complements the historic commercial aircraft in the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion and presents a major facet of the aviation industry that most airline passengers never get to see.