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Femininity in Flight Featured in New Exhibit Opening July 10 at The Museum of Flight

Date: 
07/02/2010
"Chasing Horizons: Women in Aerospace" exhibit runs July 10 - Nov. 7

Photo of Associated Women Pilots of Boeing FieldSEATTLE, July 2, 2010--Opening July 10, Chasing Horizons: Women in Aerospace is a new exhibit produced by The Museum of Flight that portrays the history of women in the aerospace industry. The story begins with the pioneer French aeronaut Élisabeth Thible, who became the first woman to fly in a balloon in 1784, and it continues through aviation's Golden Age of the 1920s and 1930s, World War II, and to today's fighter pilots, aerobatic pilots, engineers, and astronauts. Chasing Horizons will feature artifacts including uniforms from women in industrial, military, commercial, and sport aviation. The exhibit also offers historical images and videos, and interactive activities.

For many people, the word "aviatrix" evokes memories of Amelia Earhart, the subject of the most recent temporary exhibit at The Museum of Flight. But Earhart was only one of many women who took up aviation as a career during the early days of aviation. Chasing Horizons looks at looks at the lesser-known aviation pioneers, as well as the contemporary ground breakers in air and space travel.
 
For more information and images, please see:
http://www.museumofflight.org/exhibits/chasing-horizons-women-aerospace-industry

Image: Associated Women Pilots of Boeing Field (1933-1946). Museum of Flight collection.
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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 William E. Boeing Red Barn® - the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. 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 air 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 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 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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