Two de Havilland DHC-2 Beavers fly-in and static display

SEATTLE, May 10, 2013--The Museum of Flight is offering an educational activity in conjunction with an African aerial adventure with Seattle pilots. The project begins May 11 with a 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. fly-in of two de Havilland Beaver airplanes, the same types of planes being used on the African cross-country "safari."

A group of Museum volunteers and friends has shipped its historic de Havilland Beaver airplanes from Seattle to Cape Town, South Africa and will be flying between game preserves, recording their experiences, and connecting with Museum visitors. Their "Great Africa Air Safari" becomes an educational initiative that brings the real-time excitement of an airborne journey through Southern Africa to the Museum's in-house flight simulation lab, the Aviation Learning Center. The Museum will become the virtual home for the safari and will feature a range of online activities and simulated flights linked to this amazing adventure in the Aviation Learning Center.

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This program is open to students in grades 4 to 12. Registration is free, space is limited. Registration and information available at
For those who want to participate, complete the online lesson available at and then come to the Museum for simulated flights in the Aviation Learning Center.

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The Great African Air Safari Educational Program
Lesson 1 - May 11 at 2 p.m.- Preflight a DHC Beaver Airplane (in the Museum Parking Lot).
Lesson 2 - May 13 at 3 p.m. - Flights between Cape Town and Tswalu.
Lesson 3 - May 16 at 3 p.m. - Practice landing at different airports in Botswana.
Lesson 4 - May 18 at 11 a.m. - Scenic flights around Botswana's game preserves.
Lesson 5 - May 24 at 3 p.m. - Practice landing on different types of runways.
Lesson 6 - May 25 at 11 p.m. - Learn about pilot observation planes or drones.
Lesson 7 - May 30 at 3 p.m. - Practice over water flights.
Lesson 8 - July 7 at 2 p.m. - Fly simulated flight with the Great Africa Air Safari pilots and crew

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