February Events at The Museum of Flight
All programs are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Badge of Honor: Remembering the Crews of Apollo I, STS-51-L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia
Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Learn about the history of the space mission patches. Then make your own space mission button honoring the American astronauts who have given their lives to advance the progress of space travel.
NASA Astronaut Remembrance Weekend Special Lecture: Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
In honor of NASA Astronaut Remembrance Weekend and in conjunction with the Friends Always: The Berlin Airlift--A Legacy of Friendship exhibition, retired astronaut and Museum President and CEO Bonnie J. Dunbar will give a presentation on her first space flight experience-STS-61 A-Challenger-the West German D-1 Spacelab Mission. During this mission, Dunbar operated Spacelab and its subsystems and conducted a variety of specialized experiments.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Feb. 5, 5 - 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late-for 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.
The Great Arctic Air Adventure with Doug DeVries and Mark Schoening
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Flying two venerable de Havilland Beaver seaplanes, Seattle pilots Mark Schoening and Doug DeVries departed Lake Washington late last summer for a 10,000 mile circumnavigation of Canada. The 45-day trek took them to the some of the most remote places on Earth. As the International Polar Year draws to a close, come hear the tales of these two adventurers. Their stories are lavishly illustrated with beautiful photos and film clips.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Galileo Times 2!
Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday and astronomical accomplishments of one of the world's greatest scientists-the 17th century Italian genius Galileo Galilei-by constructing a paper model of Galileo's telescope.
PSEC Engineering Fair
Saturday, Feb.14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Side Gallery
The Museum and the Puget Sound Engineering Council celebrate the annual National Engineers Week with an Engineering Fair. Local chapters of national societies representing the entire span of engineering disciplines will staff booths all day where those interested in engineering careers can learn more about the exciting opportunities available. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be represented.
The 14th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest
Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. - Noon, William M. Allen Theater
The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will put on a competition of bridges built using only popsicle sticks and white glue. Each year teams of high school students from local schools build bridges that are strong, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. The bridges will be judged and then tested to failure with a hydraulic press. Be sure to be in the room as each bridge snaps and broken popsicle sticks fly everywhere! Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.
2009 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Great Gallery
See hundreds of detailed scale model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft, figures and more at the largest model show in the Pacific Northwest. Experts from NorthWest Scale Modelers will be on hand through the two-day event, demonstrating modeling techniques and answering questions about this fascinating hobby. The theme for the 2009 show is The Mighty Eighth Air Force.
Children age 6 and up are invited to learn the art of modeling during free "Make and Take" workshops sponsored by Galaxy Hobby and Skyway Model Shop. NWSM members will be on hand to help children build a scale aircraft model to take home. Workshops are on both days and are first-come, first-serve. Each child should have an adult helper.
8th Air Force Historical Society Panel Discussion: "The People of the Mighty 8th"
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
This year's theme of the Northwest Scale Modelers Show is commemorating the men and the planes of the "Mighty" 8th Air Force, which began service as the VII Bomber Command in 1942 and was redesignated the 8th Air Force on Feb. 22, 1944. Men of the Mighty 8th Air Force who flew over the European Theater during WWII, or who maintained the planes, will share their memories and stories of their encounters with the German Luftwaffe.
Tip-to-Tail Tour: The Fiesler V1 World War II "Buzz Bomb"
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Museum's newly acquired German Fiesler V1 "Buzz Bomb" used in 1944 and 1945 against England-as presented by Docent Dr. Dieter M. Zube.
A B-52 Commemorative Panel
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
The Boeing XB-52 was first flown on April 15, 1952. It became operational with the US Air Force in 1954 and at the time was described as the most formidable expression of air power by the Secretary of the Air Force. Come hear former bomber test pilots and engineers Brien Wygle and Dick Taylor along with their Air Force counter part test pilot Gen. Guy Townsend (USAF Ret.) tell what made this aircraft so successful for 46 years. The Boeing Company Historian Michael Lombardi will moderate the panel.
"Turbulence Before Takeoff": Lecture and Book Signing with Flint Whitlock
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
As incredible as it may seem today, until the mid-1960s major U.S. airlines refused to hire African-American pilots. It took Marlon DeWitt Green to challenge -and ultimately change--the entrenched system of segregation in the airline industry. Turbulence Before Takeoff is the story of Green's long and courageous struggle, set within the larger context of the battle for civil rights and equality in the 20th century. It is an inspirational story of perseverance that won't soon be forgotten. Author Flint Whitlock will present Green's story and will sign copies of the book afterward.
The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn®--the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs - the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only aviation and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $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.