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Memorializing Precious Moments

Bill Rahr

Bill Rahr

Your Support Brings the Rahr Family Together at The Museum of Flight

As a charter member, Bill Rahr has stood with The Museum of Flight since the start. However, he had already left his legacy on aviation history before joining the Museum.

Bill and his lifelong friend Don Bateman created the ground proximity warning system while working together at United Control Corporation. Bill shared his passion for aviation with his family. He co-founded the Redmond Flying Club in 1966, where he taught his son to fly and brought his family to witness the groundbreaking first flight of the Boeing 747 at Paine Field in 1969. These moments inspired a love for aviation and engineering that continues through the generations.

Of all the planes in the Museum’s world-class collection, the Curtiss Robin holds a special place in his heart, as Bill piloted a Robin in his flying days. Now 92 years old, Bill suffers from dementia, which, unfortunately, is robbing him of his past.

During a recent visit to the Museum, his son arranged for Bill to get closer to his beloved Robin. When he walked up to the plane, Bill’s whole demeanor changed, and he immediately said, “I flew a plane like this!” This experience brought a beautiful moment of clarity and joy to Bill and his son.

Four generations of Rahrs have found a place at the Museum, which enables memories and histories to pass from parents to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“When I come to the Museum, I feel like I am coming home; I’m 6 years old again,” says Bill’s son, Bill Jr. “I’m proud that we built this Museum to keep the history of the Seattle aviation community alive and strong. On these walls, so many of our neighbors, members of this community, are memorialized in aviation history.”

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