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Lecture / Presentation

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cory Graff, Curator at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Wash., will lecture at the Museum of Flight on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. This Royal Aeronautical Society presentation, "The Flying Heritage Collection: Home of Flying Warbirds," begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Graff is the author of seven aviation history books, and for 12 years at The Museum of Flight he was an exhibits developer and assistant curator.

Graff's books include, "Shot to Hell: The Photos and Stories of Ravaged World War II Warbirds," and "Strike and Return: American Airpower and the Fight for Iwo Jima."

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Trailblazers: The Women of the Boeing Company

Betsy Case, author of “Trailblazers: The Women of the Boeing Company,” will tell stories about the courageous women aviators and engineers who helped make Boeing the great company it is today. Case will be joined by Boeing engineer and technical fellow Sandra Jeffcoat. Their lecture will also pay tribute to the Pacific Northwest “Rosies” who built Boeing bombers during World War II. Case and Jeffcoat will have some special stories about the African American Rosies, who came from around the country seeking a new life with a good-paying job in Seattle.

The lecture will include stories about:

Pacific Northwest "Rosies," the women who aircraft builders who helped boost airplane production at Boeing Company from 60 per month in 1942 to an astounding 362 per month by March 1944.

African American Rosies, who came from across the country to Boeing, spending days on the train to reach good-paying jobs and new life and adventure. 

B.J. London, pilot and decorated war hero.

Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, who flew a 777-200LR from Hong Kong to London, breaking a distance record. 

Meg Robertson, who made Boeing history as the first female pilot to conduct a Chinook helicopter test flight.

Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space—the NASA astronaut spent 8 days orbiting the Earth.

Bessie Marie Dempsey, a Hollywood dancer who became the first female engineer at Boeing. 

Sandra Jeffcoat, was the first African American woman to become a member of the Boeing Technical Excellence Program—and her journey began with a dare.

Nelda Lee, was the first woman engineer at McDonnell Douglas.

The lecture will be followed by audience Q & A, and a book signing.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

The Museum of Flight will host a two-day symposium about aviation archaeology on March 15-16.  The “Before It’s Too Late” symposium will bring together an international team of experts on aircraft recovery and crash-site preservation. Their presentations will explore all aspects of aviation archaeology, with amazing stories of recovery operations from forests, frozen lakes and beneath the sea. The event begins with a live hook-up with the Royal Air Force Museum in England. Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20 for both days ($15 Museum Members). Space is limited, advance tickets available at Museumtix.

Presenters

Ian Thirsk of the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, England.

Taras Lyssenko and John Dorwin of Chicago-based A&T Recovery, a firm that has recovered 31 World War II planes
from Lake Michigan.

John Sessions, CEO and warbird pilot, of Historic Flight Foundation in Everett, Wash.

Peter Merlin and Tony Moore, the “X-Hunters,” who have located more than 100 crash sites of historic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51 in the desert Southwest.

Nick Veronico, author of “Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering & Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft.“ 

Mark Allen and Robert Mester of Kirkland-based Underwater Admiralty Sciences, a non-profit corporation specializing in underwater aviation and maritime recoveries.

Dr. Adrian Hunt, Executive Director of the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Wash.

Dave Goss, founder of the aircraft restoration company, GossHawk Unlimited.

Megan Lickliter-Mundon, an expert on underwater aviation archaeology.

Books written by featured speakers will be available for purchase in the Museum store, with the authors available to sign individual copies. Pre-sale tickets to the symposium are available here. Check back often as the presentation schedule is subject to change depending on certain availability factors of the presenters.

 

 

Saturday, March 15th Presentation Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – Remote presentation with Ian Thirsk from the Royal Air Force Museum in England. Ian Thirsk, from the Royal Air Force Museum will be discussing the recovery of the world’s only surviving Dornier Do 17. After more than 70 years under water, a successful recovery effort raised the rare bomber from the bottom of the English Channel in June of 2013. The team from the RAFM in Cosford, England will share their story about the discovery, recovery, and conservation of the Dornier Do 17.

9:30 a.m. – Studying Sunken Wings: Megan Lickliter-Mundon (Texas A&M Grad student) provides An Introduction to Underwater Aviation Archaeology. Everyone knows that Indiana Jones went to the Temple of Doom, but what about underwater to find sunken vintage aircraft? Archaeologists are constantly exploring new ways to understand and preserve our history. Using archaeological methods to discover, document, and conserve aircraft that come from under water adds an incredible amount of information to our knowledge base. For anyone who wants to know what aviation archaeology is, what sorts of projects there have been recently, what information archaeologists learn, and what we use it to do- this presentation is for you!

10:50 a.m. - Mark Allen and Robert Mester of Underwater Admiralty Sciences will detail the concerted recovery effort of a Douglas A-20 Havoc from a swampy bog near the Boreal forest near Goose Bay Labrador.

1:10 p.m. - Lake Michigan WWII Aircraft Recoveries, Archaeology and Beyond with John Dorwin (EWU Professor, A&T Recovery Archaeologist).

2:30 p.m. - The War Birds of Lake Michigan with Taras Lyssenko of A&T Recovery.  Twenty-five years ago A. and T. Recovery surveyed much of the floor of the southern basin of Lake Michigan in order to locate the aircraft lost during the aircraft qualification training that had been conducted during World War II. Using this knowledge the Director of the National Naval Aviation Museum launched an ambitious project to retrieve many of the aircraft on behalf of the people of the United States of America. The presentation takes an in-depth look at the project.

Mr. Taras Lyssenko, the "T" of A. and T. Recovery, has worked locating and recovering the lost Navy airplanes of Lake Michigan for the past 25 years. He has retrieved nearly four dozen aircraft that are now on display in museums across the country. Taras has a unique perspective of the aircraft produced and used by the Greatest Generation to preserve our freedom/liberty and of the project to preserve the history for present and future generations.

Sunday, March 16th Presentation Schedule:

9:00 a.m. –The Duck Hunt: Recovery of a Grumman Duck from Greenland with John Sessions of Historic Flight Foundation. In 1942 a U.S. Coast Guard amphibious biplane crashed into a glacier in eastern Greenland with 3 men aboard.  All perished.  The plane was in the midst of a daring rescue of the crew of a B-17 that had crashed a couple weeks previously.  Now, 70 years later, a team of private explorers, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, and Department of Defense anthropologists have resumed the search for this plane and the brave men who died in service to their country. This presentation will also feature Nicholas Bratton, who served as Safety Team Leader for the expedition.

9:45 a.m. - P-51B "Impatient Virgin" Recovery. In a recovery effort that took three years to complete, the Historic Flight Foundation's rare B model Mustang was successfully recovered from the English beet field in which it crashed in 1944. John Sessions will discuss this recovery and restoration effort, and as an added bonus (weather permitting, fingers crossed!), will have “Impatient Virgin” on-site at the Museum of Flight during the symposium.

10:30 a.m. - Echoes of Thunder: Aerospace Archeology with Peter Merlin and Tony Moore (X-Hunters). Known as “The X-Hunters,” Peter Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of historic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51. At these sites, they have discovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and experimental vehicles that flew to the edge of space. Searching for the final resting places of these exotic craft combines C.S.I.-type skills and X-Files persistence, with a dash of Indiana Jones adventure.

Peter W. Merlin has studied and documented aerospace accidents, incidents, and crash sites for more than 25 years. He is the author of numerous books including X-Plane Crashes (Specialty Press, 2008), Breaking The Mishap Chain (NASA, 2012), and Crash Course: Lessons Learned from Accidents and Incidents Involving Remotely piloted and Autonomous Aircraft (NASA, 2013). He has also appeared on television documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel. Merlin is a member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, National Atomic Museum Foundation, and an associate member of Roadrunners Internationale.

11:50 a.m. – Dr. Adrian Hunt, Eecutive Director of Flying Heriage Collection in Everett, WA.

2:00 p.m. – Nicholas Veronico, author of “Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering & Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft.“  Mr. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism as a freelance journalist in 1984, then joined Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers. He then went on to serve as editor of In Flight USA, contributed extensively to FlyPast magazine, and in 1994 joined Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. On a freelance basis, he has contributed to Air Classics, EAA Warbirds, Warbirds Worldwide, Airliner World, Classic Wings, and many others.

3:10 p.m. - Dave Goss of GossHawk Unlimited. Born into an Air Force family, Dave Goss realized his love for aviation at an early age. His father served as a navigator/bombardier on B-17′s and as a navigator in Lockheed C-130′s. Dave enlisted in the United States Army, and served in Vietnam as a gunner/crew chief in helicopters. After completing his tour in Vietnam, Dave served out the terms of his enlistment in Germany as a helicopter mechanic; it seemed a natural step that Dave take what he learned in the Army, and apply it to his civilian life. When he arrived home from Germany, Dave enrolled in Embry-Riddle University’s Maintenance and Technology program. Dave received his A&P license, and from there he began his career in aviation. His first job was overhauling Pratt and Whitney J-57 and TF-30 jet engines at Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) in Norfolk, Virginia. After three years of working on jet engines, Dave went to work on de Havilland Caribous and Lockheed Electras in Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Dave moved to Arizona and enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology program at Arizona State University. While attending ASU he met the people at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona and went to work for them as a mechanic in 1983 working on WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft. Eventually Dave rose to the position of General Manager of the Champlin Fighter Museum. In May of 1995, Dave Goss started GossHawk Unlimited with only one employee, and he used the former Champlin Fighter Museum’s restoration hangar as his shop. Dave Goss’s knowledge and attention to detail in the restoration of vintage aircraft is second to none, and has earned him a reputation as a leader in the aircraft restoration industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Museum of Flight will host a two-day symposium about aviation archaeology on March 15-16.  The “Before It’s Too Late” symposium will bring together an international team of experts on aircraft recovery and crash-site preservation. Their presentations will explore all aspects of aviation archaeology, with amazing stories of recovery operations from forests, frozen lakes and beneath the sea. The event begins with a live hook-up with the Royal Air Force Museum in England. Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20 for both days ($15 Museum Members). Space is limited, advance tickets available at Museumtix.

Presenters

Ian Thirsk of the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, England.

Taras Lyssenko and John Dorwin of Chicago-based A&T Recovery, a firm that has recovered 31 World War II planes
from Lake Michigan.

John Sessions, CEO and warbird pilot, of Historic Flight Foundation in Everett, Wash.

Peter Merlin and Tony Moore, the “X-Hunters,” who have located more than 100 crash sites of historic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51 in the desert Southwest.

Nick Veronico, author of “Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering & Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft.“ 

Mark Allen and Robert Mester of Kirkland-based Underwater Admiralty Sciences, a non-profit corporation specializing in underwater aviation and maritime recoveries.

Dr. Adrian Hunt, Executive Director of the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Wash.

Dave Goss, founder of the aircraft restoration company, GossHawk Unlimited.

Megan Lickliter-Mundon, an expert on underwater aviation archaeology.

Books written by featured speakers will be available for purchase in the Museum store, with the authors available to sign individual copies. Pre-sale tickets to the symposium are available here. Check back often as the presentation schedule is subject to change depending on certain availability factors of the presenters.

Sunday, March 16th Presentation Schedule:

9:00 a.m. –The Duck Hunt: Recovery of a Grumman Duck from Greenland with John Sessions of Historic Flight Foundation. In 1942 a U.S. Coast Guard amphibious biplane crashed into a glacier in eastern Greenland with 3 men aboard.  All perished.  The plane was in the midst of a daring rescue of the crew of a B-17 that had crashed a couple weeks previously.  Now, 70 years later, a team of private explorers, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, and Department of Defense anthropologists have resumed the search for this plane and the brave men who died in service to their country. This presentation will also feature Nicholas Bratton, who served as Safety Team Leader for the expedition.

9:45 a.m. - P-51B "Impatient Virgin" Recovery. In a recovery effort that took three years to complete, the Historic Flight Foundation's rare B model Mustang was successfully recovered from the English beet field in which it crashed in 1944. John Sessions will discuss this recovery and restoration effort, and as an added bonus (weather permitting, fingers crossed!), will have “Impatient Virgin” on-site at the Museum of Flight during the symposium.

10:30 a.m. - Echoes of Thunder: Aerospace Archeology with Peter Merlin and Tony Moore (X-Hunters). Known as “The X-Hunters,” Peter Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of historic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51. At these sites, they have discovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and experimental vehicles that flew to the edge of space. Searching for the final resting places of these exotic craft combines C.S.I.-type skills and X-Files persistence, with a dash of Indiana Jones adventure.

Peter W. Merlin has studied and documented aerospace accidents, incidents, and crash sites for more than 25 years. He is the author of numerous books including X-Plane Crashes (Specialty Press, 2008), Breaking The Mishap Chain (NASA, 2012), and Crash Course: Lessons Learned from Accidents and Incidents Involving Remotely piloted and Autonomous Aircraft (NASA, 2013). He has also appeared on television documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel. Merlin is a member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, National Atomic Museum Foundation, and an associate member of Roadrunners Internationale.

11:50 a.m. – Dr. Adrian Hunt, Eecutive Director of Flying Heriage Collection in Everett, WA.

2:00 p.m. – Nicholas Veronico, author of “Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering & Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft.“  Mr. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism as a freelance journalist in 1984, then joined Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers. He then went on to serve as editor of In Flight USA, contributed extensively to FlyPast magazine, and in 1994 joined Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. On a freelance basis, he has contributed to Air Classics, EAA Warbirds, Warbirds Worldwide, Airliner World, Classic Wings, and many others.

3:10 p.m. - Dave Goss of GossHawk Unlimited. Born into an Air Force family, Dave Goss realized his love for aviation at an early age. His father served as a navigator/bombardier on B-17′s and as a navigator in Lockheed C-130′s. Dave enlisted in the United States Army, and served in Vietnam as a gunner/crew chief in helicopters. After completing his tour in Vietnam, Dave served out the terms of his enlistment in Germany as a helicopter mechanic; it seemed a natural step that Dave take what he learned in the Army, and apply it to his civilian life. When he arrived home from Germany, Dave enrolled in Embry-Riddle University’s Maintenance and Technology program. Dave received his A&P license, and from there he began his career in aviation. His first job was overhauling Pratt and Whitney J-57 and TF-30 jet engines at Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) in Norfolk, Virginia. After three years of working on jet engines, Dave went to work on de Havilland Caribous and Lockheed Electras in Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Dave moved to Arizona and enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology program at Arizona State University. While attending ASU he met the people at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona and went to work for them as a mechanic in 1983 working on WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft. Eventually Dave rose to the position of General Manager of the Champlin Fighter Museum. In May of 1995, Dave Goss started GossHawk Unlimited with only one employee, and he used the former Champlin Fighter Museum’s restoration hangar as his shop. Dave Goss’s knowledge and attention to detail in the restoration of vintage aircraft is second to none, and has earned him a reputation as a leader in the aircraft restoration industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us at 2:30PM for our quarterly symposium featuring members of the American Fighter Aces Association, an organization made up of the some of the finest pilots in history! The Museum of Flight is proud to be the Home of the American Fighter Aces and regularly invites Aces to visit the Museum to tell their stories. Sponsored by the NW Friends of American Fighter Aces, this symposium will feature Aces and other combat pilots who flew in the Korean War from 1950-53. Come hear these men discuss their combat experiences and their individual heroism in one of the most dangerous conflicts of the Cold War. The moderated discussion will be followed by an oportunity to "meet and greet" with our guest pilots!

Featured speaker will be Lt. Gen. Charles G. "Chick" Cleveland, His biography; "Once a Fighter Pilot" is avaialble in the Museum Store. Also speaking will be Capt. Royce Williams, USN Retired, and Capt. Walt Spangenberg, USN Retired. Both are veteren pilots of the Korean Conflict.

As a pre-event to the symposium, from 1 to 1:30PM Museum Docent Steve Ellis will lead a talk about the Korean Air War in the Murdock theater. This will serve as a primer to set the stage for the main event.

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

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Lew Wallick was Boeing's chief test pilot during the introduction of the 7-Series jets, and retired as Director of Flight test and Chief Test Pilot in 1986 after 35 years with the company. Along with flying the first 727, he was pilot or co-pilot on the first flights of the Boeing 737, 747SP, 757, 767 and more. His story is tied closely to a large portion of the aircraft in the Museum of Flight. Planes that Lew Wallick flew in the Museum's collection include the 727 and 737 prototypes, the Canadair CL-13 Sabre (during its days as a chase plane for Boeing), the Boeing Model 100 biplane, and the Boeing B&W replica.

Lew's daughter, Rebecca Wallick, has written a book about her father's life entitiled "Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot's Daughter," which will be published in February of 2014. With the help of former Boeing Vice President and Museum Trustee Peter Morton, Rebecca Wallick will tell her father's incredible story during this public program, and will be available to sign copies of her book following the program.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Airline and aviation engineering professionals will discuss the state of today’s airline industry during a panel presentation on April 8 at 7 p.m. Featured speaker will be Jim Albaugh, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and incoming president of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The panel also includes Martin Waide, a mechanical-engineering veteran with 60 years of experience in motor racing and unmanned aircraft; and Tad McGeer, founder of the unmanned aircraft companies Insitu and Aerovel. The event is sponsored by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation. Admission is free.

Content Background
During the 1960s, airliner production typically progressed from design to airline service in four years. Today, the development of new airliners takes about twice as long, despite advances in the state-of-the-art, and the use of vast computing power meant to dramatically advance productivity. Slower development is also suff¬ered in other areas of aerospace engineering. The April 8 panel will discuss the possible causes and remedies, including the uses of CAD and other modern tools, competitive pressure or lack thereof, management techniques, and even office layouts. Audience participation is encouraged.

For more information visit www.jcati.org. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us for a special look at the heretofore secret history of the infamous "Area 51" in the Nevada desert. A day of presentations and tours about the infamous top-secret aircraft facility including our very own M-21 aircraft!

 

10-11am—Book Signing by author Peter Merlin in the Museum Lobby

 

11am-12:30pm—Presentation by author Peter Merlin on Area 51

 

1:30-2pm—Historical Tour of the Museum’s M-21 Blackbird in the Great Gallery

 

2:30 -4pm—Presentation by TD Barnes, President of the A-12 “Roadrunners Internationale” and author of several books about the A-12 / SR-71 programs at Area 51

 

4-5pm—Book Signing with TD Barnes in the Museum Lobby

 

You can learn more about our guest speakers and some Area 51 information at  http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/

 

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

World War II veteran pilot Bob Swenson will talk about his experiences flying troop-carrying gliders in massive airborne assaults over Europe in 1945. Swenson served with the 435th Troop Carrier Group during Operation Varsity, an Allied invasion of western Germany that consisted of over 3,000 gliders, fighters and transport aircraft.

After landing their gliders during this operation, Swenson and other glider pilots joined Allied troops in heroic combat while defeating their German attackers in what became known as the "Battle of Burp Gun Corner." Speaking with Swenson will be Patricia Overman, whose father E. Lee Whitmire also served in Swenon's glider Group. The 1 p.m. lecture is free with admission to the Museum.

During WWII, gliders were used extensively as the second wave of airborne operations. In addition to carrying infantry troops, or ‘Glider Riders’ as they were called, gliders had the advantage of being able to carry equipment such as jeeps, field artillery pieces and trailers that were too heavy to be dropped by parachute. After landing and unloading their cargo, the glider pilot’s primary duty was to get back to their air base as soon as possible in order to be available to fly another mission. During Operation Varsity, Swenson and fellow glider pilots helped secure the area they landed in, fighting the Germans long into the night alongside the infantry men they had flown into the combat area. It wasn’t until 1995 that all the men in the 435th Troop Carrier Group were awarded the Bronze Star.

Patricia Overman is the daughter of Major E. Lee Whitmire, also of the 435th Troop Carrier Group.

More of Major Swenson’s story can be read in this Seattle Times article.

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

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier will discuss how Cirrus Aircraft has become one of the most successful aircraft manufacturers in the world, and how Cirrus Aircraft strategies can relate to other small businesses facing similar challenges. Admission to the program is free. Space is limited. Please RSVP to amy@rainierflight.com. Cirrus Aircraft Cirrus Aircraft began in a Baraboo, Wis. barn in 1984 where Alan and Dale Klapmeier designed and built the first Cirrus. Nineteen years later, the Cirrus SR22 became the best-selling single-engine piston aircraft in the world by pioneering the latest technological advances in manufacturing and safety. Today, Cirrus Aircraft owns the largest market share in the industry producing advanced general aviation aircraft, and the only aircraft certified with a whole airframe parachute as a standard feature, which to date has saved 86 lives.