The Museum of Flight and Convention and Visitors Bureaus from around the state joined together Wednesday to raise a flag on the roof of the Space Needle in Seattle in support of bringing a retiring US Space Shuttle to Washington state. In a news conference prior to the flag raising representatives from the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Seattle, Seattle Southside, Bellingham, Kitsap Peninsula, Spokane Valley, Tacoma and Yakima Valley offered their support as to why a shuttle would boost education, tourism and the economy in the state.
Retired astronaut and Wings Over Washington Executive Director Dr. Bonnie Dunbar raises the flag to the top of the Space Needle alongside Museum of Flight CEO Mike Hallman.
Television cameras from KCPQ, KING, KOMO and KIRO all attended the event. Photographers from the Seattle P.I. and the Associate Press captured the day.