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Lecture / Presentation

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Members of Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor the Nation’s 232nd 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 with the story of its symbolism in this moving and educational program for all ages.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 2:00pm

The Museum of Flight is home to the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots that have received the special designation of “ace.” Join us for this panel of aces and combat pilots who will share their remarkable stories of heroism.

Our guests will include Col. Abner Aust, Jr., a Pacific Air War ace with 8 aircraft destroyed, and Navy ace Donald McPherson, who downed 5 planes. Joining them will be William "Al" Bailey, who flew photo recon missions in the P-38.

We will be giving away a print of "Showdown Over Berriere" by Roy Grinnell (information here) after the program. Entry forms will be available prior, and you must be present to win.

This program is included with Museum admission and is free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 2:00pm

Dr. Michael Reed Barratt was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000. He flew on the Soyuz TMA-14 and served as a flight engineer on the International Space Station for Expeditions 19 and 20. His second spaceflight was STS-133, the final flight of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Dr. Barratt was born in Vancouver WA, grew up in Camas, WA and graduated from the University of Washington. His medical degree is from Northwestern University. Dr. Barratt currently manages the Human Research Program at NASA Johnson Space Center and is the senior editor of the textbook, Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight.

Dr. Barratt will help the Museum of Flight commemorate the dual anniversaries of the first manned landing on the Moon, Apollo 11 (July 20, 1969) and the first robotic landing on Mars, Viking 1 (July 20, 1976).

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 05 2012 .
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul shares stories and photos from his experience as a "sled driver"--an SR-71 Blackbird pilot.

The presentation is based upon his book, "Sled Driver," which features Shul's dazzling photography and insightful prose to illustrate what it is like to fly the world's fastest, highest-flying jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Shul's program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet.

For over 20 years Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week. Shul has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold."

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 05 2012 .
Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul shares stories and photos from his experience as a "sled driver"--an SR-71 Blackbird pilot.

The presentation is based upon his book, "Sled Driver," which features Shul's dazzling photography and insightful prose to illustrate what it is like to fly the world's fastest, highest-flying jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Shul's program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet.

For over 20 years Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week. Shul has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold."

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 05 2012 .
Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul shares stories and photos from his experience as a "sled driver"--an SR-71 Blackbird pilot.

The presentation is based upon his book, "Sled Driver," which features Shul's dazzling photography and insightful prose to illustrate what it is like to fly the world's fastest, highest-flying jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Shul's program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet.

For over 20 years Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week. Shul has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold."

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Astronauts, Elvis, sky rides, royalty, the Kennedys, the Cold War and futurist speculation - the 1962 Seattle World's Fair had it all. This is the 50th anniversary of the event that gave Seattle the Space Needle and authors Paula Becker and Alan Stein will talk about the Fair and the coffee-table book they produced to commemorate it.

The authors will be available afterward to sign books.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 2:00pm

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society will present a panel of recipients of the DFC from four conflicts in which American air power played a decisive role, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. The panel will be moderated by Glen Jewett. Speakers confirmed thus far include:

--Joseph W. Geary, a navigator in the B-24 Liberator during World War II who accumulated over 300 combat hours, including attacks on the famous Ploesti Oil Fields. He was awarded the DFC after an attack on Vienna where his aircraft sustained significant battle damage. 

-- Admiral Thomas B. Hayward (ret.), a Word War II and Korean War aviator, who in April1953 earned the DFC after leading a series of well coordinated attacks against heavily defended targets in North Korea.

Admiral Hayward went on to become Commander of the 7th Fleet, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS America,  the US Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and eventually Chief of Naval Operations from 1978 through 1982. 

-- Charles (Chuck) Sweeney, who in September 1972 earned three DFC’s in one week flying a US Navy A-4 Skyhawk over North Vietnam; his first DFC came after he flew cover for the successful mission to rescue his downed wingman.  Chuck Sweeney is currently the President and CEO of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, and credits one of his former mentors (the famous astronaut Jim Lovell) for his decision to become a naval aviator.

Members of the DFC Society will be available afterward to sign the book, "On Heroic Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross."

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

On Heroic Wings - Now on sale at the Museum store.

"On Heroic Wings" is now available in the Museum Store!

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Space Elevator 101 is an overview of the Space Elevator conceptual design as well as the motivation for such a futuristic project. It touches on the material and design of the tether, climbers, power beaming system, problems with chemical rocket propulsion, historical analogies and possible future impacts of the Space Elevator. The speaker will be Dr. Peter Swan. The presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer Session.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the 2012 Space Elevator Conference. For more information, go to http://www.isec.org/sec/

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Bryan Laubscher, will discuss a possible technology roadmap for Space Elevator development, Space Elevator Feasibility Condition of an Earth elevator, space exploration with a Space Elevator infrastructure including using Space Elevators on Mars and the Moon, the role of the International Space Elevator Consortium and the goals of the Space Elevator Conference and its Family Science Fest.

Space Elevator 101 is a prerequisite for this course. The presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer Session.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the 2012 Space Elevator Conference. For more information, go to http://www.isec.org/sec/

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.