After a two-year restoration, the flight deck and first class passenger section of a Boeing 747-100 is ready for passengers. Museum visitors will be seated in the first class section of the jumbo jet and experience an 8 minute flight from San Francisco to Paris, France. After the virtual flight guest will have a hands on experience in the cockpit, touching, pushing and learning what all the buttons and knobs do that make the big jet come to life, all taught by real 747 pilots.
The 30-year-old aircraft was retired from the British Airways fleet in 1998 after flying 106,622 hours and 21,639 landings. AAR Corporation, the largest after-market Support Company for global aviation services based in Chicago, Illinois, donated the front section of the aircraft. Funding for the project came from Al Silver a retired Flying Tigers Air Cargo Pilot.
The Hiller Aviation Museum, covering both past and the future of aviation, is located at the San Carlos Airport, immediately adjacent to Highway 101. Visitor information, including maps and travel information, is available online. An institution of aviation education and research as well as a presentation of the unique role Northern California played in aviation history. The Hiller Aviation Museum has a goal of accelerating air transport development, in both the short term and into the next 100 years.