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Lecture / Presentation

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join us for a fascinating presentation from the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation about the secret transfer of nearly 8,000 American warplanes to the Soviet Union over the Alaska-Siberia Air Route (ALSIB), during World War II. Approximately 6,000 miles long, it runs from Great Falls, Montana up through Canada and Alaska, across the Bering Sea, into Siberia, and on to central Russia. ALSIB was a great relay race: American women pilots known as “WASP” flew brand new airplanes from manufacturers throughout the United States to the staging area in Great Falls. From there, the men of the US 7th Ferrying Squadron flew them up through Canada and on to Fairbanks. They were then handed off to the Soviet pilots, already waiting in Fairbanks, who flew another 3,000 miles across Siberia to the fighting fronts. This effort was a major turning point in WWII and very few people knew about it.

In preparation for a commemorative flight along this route to Russia in 2014, the presentation will be conducted by a number of renowned experts on this little known piece of aviation history. Topics include a history of Lend-Lease, the WASP, ALSIB, and the mutual cooperation between the US, Canada and the Soviet Union during WWII. Several historic T-6 Texans that will fly the route will be on display in the Museum's east parking lot for viewing. Speakers include Museum of Flight Curator Dan Hagedorn; ALSIB Memorial Creator and Author Alexander Dolitsky; WASP historian Debbie Jennings; and BRAVO 369 President and pilot Jeff Geer.

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

As a precursor to the Aces Symposium at 2pm, please join Museum docent Barry Latter in the Quonset Hut for a short presentation on the F4U Corsair, the type of aircraft flown by our guest Ace Dean Caswell and pilots Ray Swalley and John Webb. The short presentation will be followed by a personalized "tip-to-tail" tour by Latter of the Museum's F4U Corsair, adjacent to the Quonset Hut. Get some historical detail about the aircraft and some historical context about the Pacific War prior to hearing our panel guests!

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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. To find out more about the American Fighter Aces Association, please visit their website at

Our featured Ace for this symposium is Colonel Dean Caswell, who flew USMC Corsairs in the Pacific during World War II. Caswell will be joined by fellow Corsair pilots Ray Swalley and John Webb; all three men served about the famous aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which was hit hard by Japanese kamikaze planes during the battle of Okinawa.

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Please join us for a very special visit by Bob Pardo, the USAF pilot behind the famous "Pardo's Push" incident over North Vietnam on March 10, 1967! Just north of Hanoi, both Pardo and his wingman's F-4s were damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an attack on a steel mill; Pardo used his aircraft to actually push his wingman's aircraft--which had lost all power--eighty-eight miles out of enemy territory. Both crews then ejected and were safely recovered. Twenty years later, Pardo and his back-seater finally received silver stars for their heroic actions on that day in 1967--which also happened to be Pardo's birthday! Come hear from Bob and Museum Docent Ken McNair about this amazing story--and some other postwar events linking Pardo and his wingman--at the Museum!

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

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 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 13, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a very special presentation about the role of HH-53 "Jolly Green Giant" helicopters in rescue missions during the Vietnam War. Our featured speakers will be Brigadier General Dale Stovall, USAF (Ret) and Museum of Flight Docent Jim Platt, both of whom flew numerous rescue missions in "Jollies" during the war. BrigGen Stovall went on to command Special Operations Helicopter units, establishing himself as one of the foremost experts on combat helicopter operations in the world. Come hear these men speak about their experiences--harrowing, heroic, and humbling--and ask your own questions about this important part of the history of the Vietnam War and military aviation! For more information on BrigGen Stovall, please visit

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

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Museum of Flight’s first program about aviation’s thrilling world of parachuting and “human body flight” brings together the tops in the field, including Luke Aikins, world-renowned consultant on Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking Red Bull Stratos jump from 24 miles above the earth. Aikins has trained Navy Seals, is a fixture at the Seafair airshows, and played himself in the motion picture “Iron Man 3.” Other speakers include Bill and Lysa Adams, local skydiving experts who also own and run the indoor skydiving company iFly. The program gives an insider’s perspective into civil and military parachuting, vertical wind tunnel flight, and a detailed story about the Red Bull Stratus jump. Audience Q & A follows the presentation. Rare artifacts from the Stratus project will also be on display for the day.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

**Includes Static Display of the Vehicle at the Museum of Flight!!**

Come see one of the most unique uses you'll ever see of a aircraft airframe! The North American Eagle Project, attempting to shatter the world land speed record of Mach 1.02 (800 mph), have crafted a vehicle out of the fuselage of a F-104 Starfighter! After all, what would be better than a jet to break Mach 1???

Based here in Washington State, NAE is currently working towards a 2014 attempt to set the new land speed record in the Eagle. Representatives from NAE will do this program in conjunction with a display of the North American Eagle itself here at the Museum (all day Saturday, July 27th)!!

Come see this fascinating, one-of-a-kind machine and join in NAE's historic effort to set a new world record!

For more on NAE, visit

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

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:00am - Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 5:00pm

Join us at the Museum of Flight for the STEM Back-to-School Weekend, generously sponsored by the Honeywell Corporation.   Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educational opportunities and how you can help your student succeed. 

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Honeywell, we will be giving away school supplies & other educational toys. All programs, activities & giveaways are free with admission to the Museum.

In addition to Honeywell’s STEM Back-to-School Weekend, the third annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition and ISEC Family Science Fest will also take place. Activities held in conjunction with the ISEC Space Elevator Conference are sponsored by the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), Microsoft, the Museum of Flight, The Space Elevator Blog and the Leeward Space Foundation and in partnership with the Pacific Science Center.

Saturday Programs

11:00  Intro To STEM with Big Brained Super Heroes

11:30  School’s Out Washington—STEM opportunities in after school programs

12:00  EdLab/Northwest Girls Collaborative Project  Overview of agencies

1:30  Community Resources—Program options from the Seattle Public Library System

2:00  MOF Educational Opportunities—Washington Aerospace Scholars

2:30  New Careers in Space

3:00  Careers in Aerospace—Featuring Honeywell & Boeing Executives

3:30  Training Options—AJAC Industry Driven Apprenticeship Programs


Exhibitors and some activities will also take place on Sunday

STEM Back-to-School Weekend is free with Museum Admission.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a special afternoon as we dedicate and celebrate the Museum's acquisition and display of a YO-3A surveillance aircraft, one of only eleven that were ever made! Designed for the US Army by Lockheed, the YO-3A flew night surveillance missions over Vietnam in 1970-71; it's special design made it virtually silent and undetectable at night while flying above 1,200 feet. Though it arrived late in the Vietnam War and therefore only served a short time, the YO-3A proved to be groundbreaking in the eventual development of stealth technologies for subsequent generations of surveillance and combat aircraft. Come see and learn more about this rare, historic, and influential aircraft!

Join Museum staffers, including Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn, at 1pm in the Great Gallery for a formal dedication of the aircraft to the Museum collection, and at 2:30pm join us in the William M. Allen Theater for a public program (lecture and discussion) about the Y0-3A, featuring US Army Brigadier General George Walker (Ret).

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