The first decade in the life of the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour facility saw the realization of dreams – and more. The new Boeing Tour Center accommodated many more people than the old building, and visitors came from near and very far in rapidly increasing numbers. The Aviation Center’s exhibit gallery allowed visitors up close looks at examples of technological innovation and state-of-the-art commercial aircraft construction, propulsion and avionics. Hands-on activities delighted and intrigued children and adults alike. The facility’s meeting venues hosted thousands of events, including gatherings with foreign heads of state, historic deliveries of new Boeing aircraft, community functions, educational offerings, business meetings, weddings, and parties. During this time the building was upgraded and enhanced in several ways.
In addition, over these ten years the nonprofit Future of Flight Foundation quickly grew into its roles as the operator of the facility for its owner, Snohomish County, and as a provider of aviation-themed educational events programs for local and international learners. The Foundation assembled a talented and dedicated staff, obtained services from numerous vendors and contractors, and recruited and trained scores of volunteers. At the end of this period the nonprofit changed its name to the Institute of Flight to emphasize its education mission.