SEATTLE, Sept. 8, 2016--Former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Amber Smith visits the Museum on Sept. 17 to talk about her new book, "Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan." Smith flew two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander in the 101st Airborne Division. She is a regular guest on national TV networks analyzing national security, military operations and foreign policy. Her articles have been published in Forbes, Washington Examiner and Aviation Week.

Following the 2 p.m. program, Smith will be available to sign copies of her book, which is available for sale in the Museum Store. The program is free with admission to the Museum.

Image: U.S. Army helicopter pilot Amber Smith.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23 on-site and $21 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21 per adult, $13 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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