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Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

On April 18, 1943, the Allies scored the highest aerial victory count (76) of any allied mission during World War II, breaking the back of the aerial bridge that the Axis forces were using to retreat and evacuate from North Africa. This historic event was called the “Palm Sunday Massacre” & the Cape Bon “Goose Shoot”. Don Everly Smith, Commanding Officer of the 57th Fighter Group Association (WWII) and son of a 57th FG Army Air Corpsman that witnessed the entire Desert War, will moderate a panel discussion with 57th FG pilots that flew P-40 Warhawks against the Luftwaffe during Operation Torch in the desert & P-47 Thunderbolts during Operation Strangle in Italy. Carl Molesworth, noted military aviation and aircraft historian and author of “57th Fighter Group – “First in the Blue”, will present an overview of the 57FG, from their remarkable adventures getting to the war front , to their experiences during the North Africa Campaign leading up to the famous aerial battle off the coast of Tunisia. Mr. Molesworth will also be available to sign copies of his book, which is available in the Museum of Flight store.

Also, as a special offer, attendees can also participate in a pre-program presentation and discussion at noon by historian Carl Molesworth in the Quonset Hut inside the Personal Courage Wing, followed by an in-depth examination of the Wing's P-40, Spitfire, and ME-109 aircraft conducted by one of the Museum's excellent docents, Barry Latter. The tour will focus on the operations of the aircraft with particular focus on their performances in the North African theater of World War II. Taken together, these informative presentations will provide greater context for the topics discussed at the 2pm public program in the Allen Theater.

Event is free for Museum of Flight members or with daily admission to the Museum of Flight

To purchase the book from the Museum Store, please click here: http://www.museumofflightstore.org/browse.cfm/57th-fighter-group-first-i...

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us as the Museum of Flight, in conjunction with the Navy League of the United States, the Air Force Association, and the Association of the US Army, once again commemorates Armed Forces Day with a series of special events. The centerpiece will be a 12 noon flag raising ceremony, where donated flags of the five branches and the POW/MIA flag will be raised on flag poles in front of the Museum's main entrance. The day will also feature an 11am public program and discussion with Rear Admiral Keith A. Taylor (USCG) and Brigadier General Mark R. Wise (USMC), a country music concert, military equipment displays and visits from military recruiters and ROTC groups. Active military personnel and their families (up to five total) will be admitted free to the Museum.

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Wed May 22 2013 except Thu May 19 2011, Fri Sep 02 2011, Wed Sep 14 2011, Mon Sep 19 2011, Wed Sep 21 2011, Wed Sep 28 2011, Thu Nov 24 2011, Sun Dec 25 2011.
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 1:00pm

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

Beyond the Blue Horizon - Stories of Aviation and Aerospace

"Beyond the Blue Horizon" is The Museum of Flight's storytelling program presented at 1:00 p.m. every weekday (Monday - Friday) by members of our docent corps. These 10 to 15-minute programs present true stories that range from tales of personal heroism in war and peace-time to the day-to-day adventures of pilots and ground crew in commercial aviation and aerospace. Free with museum admission.

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Wed May 22 2013 except Thu May 19 2011, Fri Sep 02 2011, Wed Sep 14 2011, Mon Sep 19 2011, Wed Sep 21 2011, Wed Sep 28 2011, Thu Nov 24 2011, Sun Dec 25 2011.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 1:00pm

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

Beyond the Blue Horizon - Stories of Aviation and Aerospace

"Beyond the Blue Horizon" is The Museum of Flight's storytelling program presented at 1:00 p.m. every weekday (Monday - Friday) by members of our docent corps. These 10 to 15-minute programs present true stories that range from tales of personal heroism in war and peace-time to the day-to-day adventures of pilots and ground crew in commercial aviation and aerospace. Free with museum admission.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

NOTE; THE LOCATION OF THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT TO THE HISTORIC FLIGHT FOUNDATION AT PAINE FIELD IN EVERETT, WASH.

The Seattle Branch of the Royale Aeronautical Society invites you to its quarterly evening meeting hosted at Historic Flight Foundation on Paine Field. The Foundation's CEO, John Sessions, will deliver a presentation entitled "Yes, They Fly," a behind-the-scenes look at HFF. The Foundation's unique collection of airworthy aircraft includes a North American P-51B Mustang, Spitfire Mark IXe, Douglas DC-3 and North American B-25D. The program will trace the provenance, acquisition and restoration of each aircraft in the collection. Royale Aeronautical Society and Historic Flight Members are invited as well as members of the public, but a ticket is required. To reserve your free ticket please contact Historic Flight Visitor Services at 425-348-3200 or RAeS Member Mike Lavelle at 425-208-6154.

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Wed May 22 2013 except Thu May 19 2011, Fri Sep 02 2011, Wed Sep 14 2011, Mon Sep 19 2011, Wed Sep 21 2011, Wed Sep 28 2011, Thu Nov 24 2011, Sun Dec 25 2011.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:00pm

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

Beyond the Blue Horizon - Stories of Aviation and Aerospace

"Beyond the Blue Horizon" is The Museum of Flight's storytelling program presented at 1:00 p.m. every weekday (Monday - Friday) by members of our docent corps. These 10 to 15-minute programs present true stories that range from tales of personal heroism in war and peace-time to the day-to-day adventures of pilots and ground crew in commercial aviation and aerospace. Free with museum admission.

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

At 2:00pm, the Museum is proud to present a public program on B-52 operations in Vietnam. “Taking It Downtown” highlights the lead-up to the Presidentially ordered Linebacker II air strikes on the defining missions of the Vietnam War against Hanoi/Haiphong in December 1972. The presentation looks at the build-up of B-52 strategic bomber forces in the Southeast Asia, some key capability differences in the B-52D and G models, and the SAC planning errors that impacted air operations. See the B-52 launches on these hgih pressure missions to press the attack home. Hear combat audio on the bomb run into the target including multiple Surface to Air Missile (SAM) launches against the largest B-52 mission in history. The story covers the combat losses of aircraft/ aircrews in a salute to their memory.

The program will be conducted by Howard Butcher, a Lt. Colonel, US Air Force –retired, with 2500 flying hours in B-52Fs & Gs as a Radar Navigator (Bombardier) and Navigator and in F-4C, Ds & E model Phantoms as a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in US and Europe. Howard flew 66 Vietnam B-52 combat missions including Operation Linebacker II – the Presidentially ordered air strikes on Hanoi and Haiphong in December 1972.

This program is free for Museum members and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

The presentation is called THE STORY OF AMELIA EARHART and is based upon on Mr. Bowman’s recent book of the same name which was published in the summer of 2012. Created in PowerPoint format, it features many photos that are rarely seen, along with some embedded video clips, including the final takeoff of Amelia Earhart. It will also include a number of little known facets and side puzzles of Earhart’s disappearance. Mr. Bowman will also be available to sign copies of his book after the program.

David K. Bowman was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, NY the son of a naval officer. He was educated at several colleges, receiving a BA degree from Pacific Western University in 1968 and a BA degree from the University of Washington in 1976. Following a 25 year career in the naval reserve, ten of which were spent in intelligence, and a 31 year career with the State of Washington, he embarked upon a third career as a writer.

His first book, LEGERDEMAIN, about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, was published in 2005, brought out in a second edition in 2007, and placed as a Finalist in the 2008 National Best Books competition under the category of History/Fiction/U.S. LEGERDEMAIN was featured at the 2005 Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, KS, where Mr. Bowman has frequently given presentations on Amelia Earhart. Mr. Bowman continues to give presentations on Amelia Earhart and exhibitions of his Amelia Earhart memorabilia from time to time. In 2012, he released the coffee table-style book THE STORY OF AMELIA EARHART.

He has also published THE FORGOTTEN STARS, a collection of film history articles which originally appeared in various periodicals in the 1990s, and TALES OF WESTPAC, his memoirs of life as a carrier sailor in the Vietnam War.

He makes his home in Auburn, WA.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please join us as we welcome a legendary hero to the Museum of Flight! LTC Ed Saylor, now 93, was the flight engineer on plane no. 15 (known as "TNT") that flew in the infamous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942--a daring surprise attack on the Japanese homeland. Flying land-based twin-engined B-25 bombers flown improbably (and some believed would have been impossible) from the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Saylor and another 79 volunteer crewmen flew their aircraft at low altitude and bombed industrial and military targets in Japan. Without the ability to land on carriers and with no fuel for such an attempt anyway, all the B-25s had to land in Japanese-occupied China, in Soviet territory, or ditch in the sea (Saylor's aircraft ended up ditching). The attack was a sorely needed boost to American morale just a few months after Pearl Harbor, and shocked Japanese leadership so deeply that they altered their strategy in the Pacific--this helped US forces seize the initiative and advantage in the war away from Japan over the next few months.

Our guest will speak about his training, experiences, and reflections on the raid from 2-3:30pm, and afterwards will be available to sign autographs (limit is one item signed per person--no exceptions). Please join us for a very special event and help us salute this American hero!

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fathers are free when accompanied by kids (of any age)!

Come celebrate Dear Ol' Dad at the Museum of Flight! Throughout the day, Dan "The Lego Man" Parker will have his interactive Play Zone set up in the Great Gallery starting at 10:00am for anyone to come play in!

In the afternoon, come visit with famous NASA astronaut Michael Foreman! He will be doing a public program at 1:30pm in the Side Gallery, and from 2:15-3:00 he will be signing autographs (autographs will be limited to pictures distributed free by the Museum to the first 250 visitors who request them and will signed if time permits. Signing will be limited to one item per person, and only items purchased in the store or pictures given away by the Museum will be signed).

To see more about Astronaut Michael Foreman, visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/foreman.html

These events are free for Museum members and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight