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Lecture / Presentation

Saturday, August 25, 2012 -
2:30pm to 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.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 -
1:00pm to 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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for an exploration of Air America - the passenger and cargo airline established in 1950 and covertly owned and operated by the CIA in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Hear about the famous evacuations of Da Nang and Saigon from some of the men who took part in them. The featured speaker will be Marius Burke, the helicopter pilot who flew the famous last evacuation flight from the US Embassy in Saigon in 1975.

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

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

Learn all about the famous Black Bat Squadron, formally known as the Republic of China Air Force 34th Squadron, - the corps of the CIA reconnaissance pilots that flew missions over mainland China for military intelligence during the Cold War. The Taiwanese crews flew a variety of aircraft, including the P2V-7U Neptune, P-3A and C-123. Despite the risky nature of these reconnaissance missions, the planes were unarmed, and if engaged by adversaries the Black Bats’ only defenses were sharp piloting skills and electronic interference.

Friday, August 3, 2012 -
1:30pm to 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.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 -
1:30pm to 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.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 -
1:30pm to 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.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 2:00pm

In October 1977. Pan American World Airways organized Flight 50, the first passenger flight around the world over the North and South Poles. Boeing 747SP Clipper New Horizons made the journey from San Francisco to London, Cape Town, Auckland and back to San Francisco in 54 hours, 7 minutes, 12 seconds. Join aviation author Brian Baum as recounts what it was like to be a passenger aboard the record-setting circumnavigation, using his unique collection of slides taken during the flight.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

Astronauts Greg Johnson and Mike Foreman will share their experiences as pilots and astronauts during a public program in the Museum theater. West Seattle native Greg “Ray J” Johnson is the pilot during the Super Guppy shuttle trainer delivery flight from Houston to Seattle. Johnson piloted the space shuttle during the final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. Mike Foreman is a former Naval Aviator and veteran of two shuttle flights to the International Space Station. In 2008 he performed three spacewalks and in 2009 made two walks in space.

Friday, June 8, 2012 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

Commemorate the birth of Giovanni Domenico Cassini and learn about this famed astronomer, mathematician and engineer. Throughout the day, festivities will include astronomical activities and games, presentations about NASA’s Cassini mission, and planetarium shows!

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