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Korean Air Donates $25 Million and a Retired Boeing 747 to the California Science Center

Korean Air has announced a $25 million donation, along with a retired Boeing 747 fuselage, to the California Science Center to create the Korean Air Aviation Gallery. The new exhibit will be located at the site of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.


From Left: Korean Air's Chairman and CEO, Walter Cho, and the President and CEO of the California Science Center, Jeffrey Rudolph, at the site of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center – Courtesy Korean Air

On Thursday (September 21, 2023), Korean Air announced the donation of $25 million to the California Science Center to create the Korean Air Aviation Gallery, along with a retired Boeing 747. The gallery will be located at the site of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, and will feature nearly 20 aircraft, with the Boeing 747 fuselage serving as the centerpiece. Visitors will also be able to take a simulated flight from Los Angeles to Seoul in a theater on the 747’s main deck. Some of the featured aircraft will include a replica of the Wright Brothers 1902 Glider, a Harrier T4 jump-jet and a historic F-100 Super Saber.


In Thursday’s announcement, Korean Air’s Chairman, Walter Cho, said,


“The Los Angeles area has welcomed our airline and it’s an honor to give back to this great community. Los Angeles was Korean Air’s first U.S. destination and we’re proud to be an integral part of its aviation story and history. This facility will provide learning opportunities and hopefully inspire young people to be more curious about aviation and its impact on society.”


Also commenting on Korean Air’s generous donation, the California Science Center’s President and CEO, Jeffrey Rudolph, added,


“We are deeply grateful to our colleagues at Korean Air for their tremendous generosity and partnership in creating a world-class science learning experience that will not only benefit the children and youth of our shared Los Angeles community but will inspire visitors from across the world.”


The Korean Air Aviation Gallery will also include a Wind Tunnel Exhibit, providing visitors the opportunity to experiment in a wind tunnel lab to help better understand the forces that allow plane to fly. Additionally, guests will be able to experience the ‘Design-a-Plane’ exhibit, which offers a unique lesson in aircraft design and engineering.



Source: Korean Air

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