The Museum of Flight won't get a retired space shuttle, but it will get a full-sized replica of a shuttle that is currently used by astronauts for training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
It's not known when the museum will get the Full Fuselage Trainer because it's still used for training, but Douglas King, President of the Museum of Flight, said it could arrive early next year.
"This is probably the most coveted artifact you could have" from the program, King said, adding that museum visitors will be able to climb inside, see the crew's quarters and go into the cockpit.
King spoke at an MOF news conference that followed NASA's announcement that it is giving its retiring space shuttles to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington.
Twenty-one museums and visitor centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships.
The retiring shuttles are going to the Smithsonian Institution for its branch in northern Virginia, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
New York City will get the prototype Enterprise, which was used for test flights in the 1970s.
The hopeful staff at Seattle’s Museum of Flight said their museum had a number of selling points.
"One of the big ones was, of course, having outstanding education programs, and our education programs are second to none," said the Mike Bush with the museum.
Former astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar served on five shuttle flights and worked hard to bring a shuttle to Seattle.
Tuesday's announcement occurred on the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle flight, and the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight.