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August Events at The Museum of Flight

Date: 
08/01/2009

Blue Angels Week
Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, Aug. 2
The Museum of Flight is again the host venue for the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team during the team's entire Seafair stay. Blue Angels family activities will be featured all week, with events inside and outside of the Museum with extended hours Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Programs are free with Museum admission.
 
Museum visitors will be able see the F/A-18 jets up close from Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2. Activities include the team's precise pre-flight walkdowns and thrilling formation takeoffs.

Thursday, July 30: Team practice 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, July 31: Free Blue Angels Youth Program in the William M. Allen Theater 8:30 - 9:30 a. m.; Team practice 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1: Blue Angels takeoff for airshow 1 p.m., return 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Angels takeoff for airshow 1 p.m., return 2:30 p.m. All Blue Angels schedules and times subject to change without notice. Check Museum Website for updates, www.museumofflight.org Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Blue Angels Mania!
Thursday, July 30, Saturday, Aug. 1, Saturday Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 from Noon - 3 p.m., Side Gallery We've got the Blues and we're happy about it! In celebration of the Blue Angels visit to Seattle, Museum visitors are invited to stop by the Museum's activity area to make fabulous Blue Angels souvenirs! 
Flying Gizmo Show
Thursday and Friday, July 30 - 31, 6 p.m.
William M. Allen Theater
This active and entertaining program for all ages demonstrates the science and history of flight through the use of flying toys and models including kites, parachutes, gliders, stomp rockets, mechanical flying birds, helicopters and other flying gizmos. Audience members are encouraged to participate in this nonstop indoor airshow.

Blue Angels Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2, Noon - 3 p.m.
Scavenger hunt begins under the Blackbird
Fun for the kids! How did the Blue Angels get their name? Have any Blue Angels become astronauts? Find out the answers to these questions and many more during the Blue Angels scavenger hunt. Exchange your completed scavenger hunt form for a special prize!
 
Amazing Skies Theater Presents "Sweetheart of the A.E.F."
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Saturdays, Aug. 15 and 22, 1 p.m., Personal Courage Wing

French Farmhouse Courtyard
The Museum's resident acting troupe, Amazing Skies Theater, takes to the stage with a musical review based upon the life of Elsie Janis, a Broadway star who went to France in 1917 to entertain World War I American troops--American Expeditionary Forces. Amazing Skies Theater is a multi-generational drama troupe comprised of volunteers from all around the Puget Sound. Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 6, 5 - 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late--and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, flight simulators and more from 5 - 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
 
Fire on the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise Panel Discussion
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Forty years ago the accidental explosion of a rocket on a F-4 Phantom II jet fighter parked on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise set off fires and additional explosions across the ship. The Jan. 14, 1969 accident resulted in 28 deaths and 343 people injured. A panel of survivors of this disaster will be at the Museum on Saturday, Aug. 15 to reminisce about the heroic actions on that day. Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Comets and Asteroids!
Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.,
Side Gallery
Comets and Asteroids are some of the oldest objects in our solar system. Learn about these unique objects and then make your own comet model!
 
"Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp - Nebraska's Aviatrix"
Author Diane Bartels Presentation and Book Signing
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Author Diane Bartels will be at The Museum of Flight on Aug. 22 with an inspirational presentation about 1930s - 1940s pilot Evelyn Sharp, based upon Bartels book, "Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp - Nebraska's Aviatrix." Born in 1919, Evelyn Sharp grew up in Nebraska during the Depression. Motivated by her first airplane ride at age 15, she earned a commercial-transport pilot license within the next three years. By the time she was 20, "Sharpie" was one of only ten women flight instructors in the United States. Soon she became one of the first women to ferry U.S. Army Air Force fighters during World War II. Sharp gave her life to her country in 1944 during a takeoff accident while at the controls of an Air Force P-38. Bartels will field questions from the audience and sign books following the presentation. Artist Paul Calle Presentation and Book Signing
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Paul Calle was one of the first eight artists chosen by NASA in 1962 to document the American space program's Project Mercury. Calle continued to illustrate space exploration for the next 40 years with the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Missions. Since July 1 the Museum has featured his exhibit "Apollo 11: An Artist's Perspective - Original Sketches from NASA Artist Paul Calle." In conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 7, the artist and his son Chris Calle will be at the Museum to talk about NASA art and the Apollo missions in a public program and booking signing of their book, "Celebrating Apollo 11 - The Artwork of Paul Calle." Books are available at the Museum Store, or order online at http://www.museumofflightstore.org/

### The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 (on Boeing Field between downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport.) The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.

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