Honeywell Aerospace has awarded a community grant, including financial and volunteer support, to The Museum of Flight in Seattle. A portion of the funds from this generous grant sponsored the museum’s “Space: Exploring the New Frontier” exhibit, which opened in June 2007. The grant will also support the museum’s educational programs and contribute to upgraded facilities, providing better protection for the museum’s collection and artifacts.
“It’s evident that Honeywell Aerospace is a major supporter of education at all levels, and we certainly share that vision,” stated Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, president and CEO of The Museum of Flight. “Our goal is to be the foremost educational air and space museum in the world within the next decade, and with this grant, Honeywell Aerospace is helping us move in that direction.”
In addition to the financial grant, Honeywell employees devoted three days in 2007 volunteering to help with upkeep of aircraft at the museum’s restoration center in Everett, Wash.
“Honeywell recognizes the valuable and unique role that The Museum of Flight plays in stimulating student interest in technology and aviation, thereby helping to create this country’s next generation of aerospace explorers,” said Don Wilt, director of community relations for Honeywell. “We’re pleased to be able to help them carry out that vital mission.”
Honeywell’s contributions to The Museum of Flight are part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s community outreach and giving initiative. Honeywell Hometown Solutions focuses the company’s giving and community involvement in three areas aligned with Honeywell’s people, products and heritage. The focus areas include science and math education, housing and shelter and family safety and security.
In 2008, Honeywell employees plan to continue providing volunteer times for work parties at the museum.
The independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, as well as the “Red Barn”—the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. Its aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs serve more than 100,000 children annually, making them the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education programs in the country. The Museum of Flight, nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is the only aviation museum in Washington to achieve both affiliations.
For more information, visit [http://www.museumofflight.org].