May 19 events also include speech by Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao, Commander of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group


SEATTLE, May 4, 2012--The Museum of Flight will celebrate May 19, Armed Forces Day, with a static display of military helicopters and other assets in the Museum parking lot, a lecture by the Navy's Commander of the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Strike Group, and a military flag raising ceremony. The aircraft displays and flag ceremony are free, the lecture is free with admission to the Museum. Museum admission is free to active military personnel and their families on this day.

Armed Forces Day Schedule

Military Aircraft, Boat and Vehicle Display

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Museum of Flight will observe Armed Forces Day with a public display of assets from the various branches of the Armed Forces. Vehicles on view to include Chinook, Blackhawk, Dolphin and Kiowa helicopters and a RB-S Harbor Patrol Boat.

Presentation with Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao

11 a.m. to Noon

"The Lives of Active Duty Military Personnel"

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao, Commander of the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Strike Group, will share his insights into the lives of men and women who serve in today's U.S. military.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Noon to 12:40 p.m.

In observance of Armed Forces Day, the Air Force Association, the Navy League of the United States and the Association of the United States Army are donating flags of the five branches and the POW/MIA flag to the Museum. The flags will be raised during a ceremony on the Museum's south lawn.


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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.


The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is id="mce_marker"7 for adults, id="mce_marker"4 for seniors 65 and older, id="mce_marker"3 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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