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Lecture / Presentation

Sunday, September 30, 2012 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

The tip-to-tail tour of the Hubble Space Telescope replica has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

From Mercury, the innermost planet, to Pluto and its tiny system of five moons, the Solar System is being explored as never before during the early years of the 21st Century by a large fleet of diverse spacecraft. In some ways it is similar to the "barnstorming" era of early aviation. Solar System Ambassador and Museum of Flight speaker Dr. Ron Hobbs will give a fast-paced overview of the exploratory activity on and around the worlds of the Solar System and provide a preview of some of the upcoming events.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Join us for a lecture with author Jim Hoopaw, author of “Tall Tail Tales” and “Where the Buf Fellows Roamed.” Colonel Hooppaw is a retired command pilot with 26 years experience in Strategic Air Command. He flew the B-47E, B-52C, D, E, F, G, and H models. He served as a pilot, instructor, Squadron Commander, and Deputy Commander of Operations of a Bomb Wing, and served three ARC LIGHT tours in Southeast Asia.

Jim will be available afterward to sign books.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Captain Linda Orlady is Boeing's Chief Pilot for Flight Technical and Safety. Her group has responsibility for providing technical support to customers as well as generating procedures and checklists. The safety pilots serve as the operational safety resource for customers and also participate in accident investigation.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Author and Military Aviator, Linda Maloney

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.