SEATTLE, June 7, 2010
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, July 1, 5-9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late-for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit and more from 5-9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop -
"Space Shuttle: Goodbye to Atlantis, Endeavor, and Discovery"
July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 31, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Side Gallery
This November the space shuttle Endeavor takes off for the International Space Station on what may be the last ever space shuttle mission. Learn about the history of the space shuttle program. Then make your own space shuttle model!
"Fighter Pilot -The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds" -
Lecture and Book Signing with Christina Olds
Saturday, July 3, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Combat pilot Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. During World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22--and an ace with 12 aerial victories. In Vietnam he became a legend: proving he wasn't a retread from the 40s, he scored another four aerial combat victories. Olds died in 2007. His daughter Christina will talk about her amazing father and the book of his memoirs, which she helped author with Ed Rasimus. She will be available to sign copies of the book afterward.
4th of July Event: VFW members tell the story of "The Twenty-Seven Flags"
Sunday, July 4, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Members of Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor the Nation's 234th birthday with a salute to the American flag--all 27 versions that have officially represented the United States over the years. From the first 13-star flag authorized by Congress in 1777 to today's 50-star flag, the presentation of each iteration is accompanied by the story of its symbolism in this moving and educational program for all ages. The program is free with admission to the Museum.
"Chasing Horizons: Women in Aerospace" - A New Temporary Exhibit
Saturday, July 10 - Sunday, Nov. 7, Great Gallery
Chasing Horizons: Women in Aerospace is a new exhibit produced by The Museum of Flight that portrays the history of women in the fields of aerospace. The story begins with the pioneer French aeronaut Élisabeth Thible, who became the first woman to fly in a balloon in 1784, and it continues through aviation's Golden Age, World War II and other international conflicts, to contemporary female fighter pilots, aerobatic pilots, engineers, and astronauts. Chasing Horizons will feature artifacts, images, videos, and interactive displays.
"Considering Light Twin Aircraft Performance with The Beechcraft  58P Baron" -
Lecture and Book Signing with Jack Shannon and
Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Learn how flight test programs are undertaken to develop aircraft flight manuals, then see how the information in a flight manual is used on a cross-country flight in a light, twin-engine aircraft--specifically the Beechcraft P58 Baron. This lecture is geared to aviators of all levels of experience, and features Larry Timmons, President of Aircraft Engineering Specialists, Inc., and engineering aerodynamicist Jack Shannon. During this lecture Timmons describes how aircraft performance is determined, then Shannon describes a typical flight from Boeing Field to San Diego--a flight he has flown many times in his Beechcraft 58P Baron--and shares his best techniques for a safe and efficient flight. Shannon is an aircraft owner with commercial, instrument and multiengine ratings, and he is the author of a book about the Beechcraft Baron, "The 58P."  Aircraft Engineering Specialists determines aircraft performance through flight test and data analysis. Shannon and Timmons will field audience questions after the presentation, and follow with a book signing.
The trip scenario in the presentation will be a flight under instrument flight rules. Shannon will review the factors one must consider in the preparation and planning this type of trip in a P58, including takeoff weight, field lengths, planned altitude, en-route speed, weather, fuel burn and options for the flight. Pilots will see how it is important to fully understand the published flight manual performance data, and to see how they relate to individual skills as a pilot.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Happy Birthday Boeing Field!
July 24 and 25, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Learn about the history and design of Boeing Field. Then become an airport architect and make your own model of this historic airfield.
"Hydroplane Racing" - Lecture and Book Signing with Hydroplane Driver David Williams
July 31, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Hydroplane driver and author David Williams will deliver an illustrated program about the fastest sport on water--hydroplane racing. Williams has published six books about powerboat racing, including "Prop Riders: 60 Years of Racing Hydroplanes." Williams is also executive director of the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing--the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash. The program is free with admission to the Museum.
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 J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
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 $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 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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