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The Jet Age Turns 50 with the Boeing 707

Date: 
09/30/2008

Oct. 11 is a busy day at The Museum of Flight with programs for the aviation enthusiast, the collector, and the gaming aficionado all throughout the Museum!


The Boeing 707: Fifty Years of the Jet Age
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
On Oct. 26, 1958 a new Boeing 707 flown by Pan Am made the first commercial jet liner flight from New York to Paris. Meet the people who helped start the jet age with this historic airplane. Boeing Company Chief Historian Mike Lombardi moderates a panel including 707 aerodynamicist Joe Sutter, 707 Test Pilot Brien Wygle, Pan Am 707 Captain Herb Stevenson and 707 training instructor Peter Morton. Audience Q & A and autograph session follow the presentation. Program is free with admission to the Museum.  
Visitors can also see rare 707 artifacts in the Museum’s original Boeing manufacturing building, the Red Barn®. 

18th Seattle Airline Collectibles Show
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Skyline Room
If it has an airline logo on it, chances are you can find it at the annual Airline Collectibles Show. Join over 500 collectors and dealers from around the world bartering for pilot’s wings, timetables, postcards, china and other rare finds. Great door prizes too.  Show admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 6 – 15). Museum admission is not included. Show attendees will receive $2 off Museum admission. For more information, visit www.seattleairlineshow.com 
 

NW Historical Miniatures Gaming Exhibition
Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Great Gallery
The Museum welcomes back the NW Historical Miniatures Gaming Society for an exhibition of games combining the challenges of fine model-making and sophisticated strategy. Demonstration games feature aerial combat and 1930s air racing. “Earthbound battles” will also take the floor. Visitors are encouraged to watch or participate in the games. Society members will help you learn about the organization and the hobby. Exhibition is free with admission to the Museum. 

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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 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 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.