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Check out the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, in Foynes, Ireland.  A great museum featuring their fantastic new exhibit – a full scale replica of the Boeing B314 “Yankee Clipper”.  This replica was created for the museum from detailed plans by a team specialising in movie sets, and the reviews they have received of the aircraft are fantastic.

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Ralph Moritz Shape

Ralph Moritz Shape was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936 in Seattle, Washington to parents John and Esther Shape. He passed away Sunday, June 21st, 2015. Graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Washington.
He worked at Boeing Texas and flight school in the US Air Force. Following eight years of military service, he continued his love of flying with Pan American, flying all over the world for 25 years. That included 7 years in Berlin, Germany witnessing the fall of the wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

With the demise of Pan Am he continued his flying, now, with Delta Airlines. They built their home at Angle Lake where they could see airplanes take off and land and could walk to the airport. Following retirement Ralph ran for SeaTac City Council and served in that capacity for eight years which included two as Mayor.
Travel stayed on the agenda as well as some winter time spent in Arizona. Ralph is survived by his wife of 56 years Judie; son Martin of Puyallup, daughter and son-in-law Lori and Michael Spencer, two terrific grandchildren, Stefany and David; brother and sister-in-law John and Donna Shape; sister Ann Morrison; and his best friend KuKu.
Interment is at Washington Memorial Park in SeaTac. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Museum of Flight or to your favorite charity.

Published in The Seattle Times on June 28, 2015

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