May Events at The Museum of Flight
All programs are free with Museum admission or membership unless otherwise noted.
Liberty Belle: B-17 Bomber Flights
Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3 on the Museum Ramp
Liberty Belle, a newly restored World War II B-17 bomber, is making its first visit to Seattle and The Museum of Flight. Flight hours are 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, followed by ground tours from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The aircraft will also be on view at the Museum ramp from Monday, April 27 - May 2. The Liberty Foundation's B-17 Liberty Belle is one of only 14 B-17's that still fly today. The aircraft was built toward the end of the war and was not flown in combat. It is painted in the colors and nose art of the original Liberty Belle B-17 that flew missions with the 390th bomb group of the U.S. 8th Air Force. For costs, reservations and more information: www.libertyfoundation.org
Media flights are available on Monday, April 27.
"A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald": Lecture and Book Signing
Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. in the WilliamM.AllenTheater
World War II fighter pilot Joe Moser and the co-author of his biography, Gerald Baron, will be at the Museum for a program about Moser's incredible wartime experiences. Moser's story of courage, faith and endurance are the portrayed in their book, "A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story." The two men will answer audience questions and sign books after the program.
Joe Moser's story is one of the most remarkable and little known of the war. Moser grew up on a farm near Ferndale, Wash. and became a fighter pilot during World War II. During a mission over France near the end of the war, he narrowly survived bailing out of his P-38 with an engine on fire. Moser was quickly caught by the Germans and put on the very last train out of Paris-just before the Allies entered. He and 167 other Allied flyers were packed into cattle cars for a five- day trip to Buchenwald Concentration Camp on orders from Berlin to be executed. For two months they experienced the camp's atrocities until rescued by the Luftwaffe only four days before their scheduled execution. They were sent to a German prisoner of war camp--the same camp that later became famous for its Allied "great escape." But Moser's near death experiences were not over, next came a "death march" from one camp to another to evade the attacking Russian Army in blizzard conditions. Finally, after six months in several POW camps Moser and his fellow prisoners were liberated by U.S. Army 14th Armored Division.
On January 29, 2009 Moser was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in a ceremony at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Washington. The award was originally awarded on June 22, 1945, but it was somehow lost in the shuffle during post-war activities. How it was finally awarded to him is another amazing story.
Saturdays and Sundays, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
What would it be like to do science experiments in space? Visitors will learn about the Destiny module--the United States' orbiting laboratory that is a major component of the International Space Station--and then construct their own Destiny module!
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, May 7, 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.
Thursday, May 7, 5 - 9 p.m.
Space Day is an internationally recognized, educational event held on the first Friday in May. The Museum of Flight is celebrating during the Museum's Free First Thursday on May 7 from 5-9 p.m. The Museum's education department will present a variety of fun space-related activities. Land a space shuttle, see how mission control works, land a lunar lander and walk through the only known museum-quality full-size replica of the International Space Station Destiny Research Laboratory in the Museum's Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit.
Tower Exhibit Reopens
Saturday, May 9
The Museum of Flight Tower at Boeing Field reopens on May 9 after extensive renovations and four entirely new exhibits-Animal Flight, Physics of Flight, Flying Machines, Weather and Flight. The Museum's distinctive, semicircular "Tower" overlooking Boeing Field/King County International Airport will feature enhanced, interactive displays about air traffic control. All of the exhibits are designed to be fun and engaging with interactive displays, dazzling visuals, audio features and short videos.
Amazing Skies Theater Presents "CanadiYanks"
Saturdays, May 16 and 23, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
"CanadiYanks" is based upon the true story of Canadian Major Harold E. Hartney, who transferred to the American army in 1917 to prepare "Yank" airmen for service on the Front. It also spins the bittersweet yarn of a young American couple, Malcolm Gunn and Marge Van Sciver, who must confront the worst possible tragedy of war. This is also based on a true story. Music for the show will be sung by the Alpha Singers, a local choral group who have been performing in the Northwest for over 20 years.
Aluminum Overcast: The EAA B-17 Bomber
Wednesday, May 20 - Monday, May 25 on the Museum Ramp
The Seattle-born B-17 played an important role in World War II and aviation history. For several days in May, the Museum will be proud host of the Experimental Aircraft Association's popular B-17, Aluminum Overcast. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in May 1945, Aluminum Overcast was too late to see action in World War II. Sold for $750 as military surplus, the airplane served as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control. Now, Aluminum Overcast carries the wartime colors of the 398th Bomb Group, serving as a living tribute to World War II aviation.
Museum visitors can tour or even fly aboard this historic aircraft. For costs, reservations and more information please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217, or visit www.b17.org.
Media flights are available on Monday, May 18. Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Museum Parking Lot
Join the Museum for the annual Cascade Warbirds Fly-in. Visitors will enjoy the chance to view a wide variety of beautifully restored vintage military aircraft representing several nations' armed forces from World War II through the Vietnam conflict. Operating under the motto "keep 'em flying," the Cascade Warbirds work to preserve history by maintaining important aircraft. A mixture of planes such as a North American T-28 Trojan, DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, and a Douglas AD-4 Skyraider will participate in the fly-in. In addition, the pilot-owners of these planes will be on-hand to answer questions and share their enthusiasm for these vintage warbirds.
The Cascade Warbirds is an affiliate squadron of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Warbirds of America organization.
Memorial Day Panel
Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
A special panel of three World War II Tuskegee Airman veterans will be at the Museum to talk about their experiences flying long range missions to Berlin during the War. The panel will be moderated by local Tuskegee Airman and former fighter pilot, Bill Holloman, The panelists are Lt. Col Charles A. Lane, USAF (Ret); Lt. Col. Hiram E. Mann, USAF (Ret) and Major Levi H. Thornhill, USAF (Ret). An autograph session follows the program.
Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 26, Noon in the Side Gallery
Continuing a tradition first established in 1999, the Museum is pleased to honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music beginning at noon. A ceremony begins at 1p.m. presided by Museum President and CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar. Special guests during the ceremony include Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col Charles A. Lane, USAF (Ret); Lt. Col. Hiram E. Mann, USAF (Ret) and Maj. Levi H. Thornhill, USAF (Ret). An autograph session follows the ceremony.Memorial Day Weekend programs are supported by the City of Tukwila. Veterans and Active Duty Military receive free admission with identification.