May Events at The Museum of Flight
SEATTLE, April 22, 2010
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Apollo Program: Splashdown!
Saturdays and Sundays in May 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Be a part of an Apollo astronaut recovery mission! Make your own Apollo space capsule, then reenact an Apollo re-entry and splashdown!
Full-Scale Model of Curiosity, the Next NASA Mars Rover - Temporary Exhibit
May 1 - May 31
A full-scale model of NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity--also known as the Mars Science Laboratory--is on loan from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the month of May. The rover will be exhibited in the Museum lobby. Curiosity is the size of a compact car, making it the largest--and most advanced--Mars rover yet. It is scheduled to be launched to the Red Planet in fall 2011. For more information (and how your name can be sent to Mars) please see: http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/
"The Spaceflight Vault - A History of NASA's Manned Missions"
Lecture & Book Signing with Mark Mayfield
Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Mark Mayfield covered the earliest Space Shuttle flights as a reporter for United Press International. His new book, "The Spaceflight Vault - A History of NASA's Manned Missions," is a retrospective of the first 50 years of human spaceflight. "This book allows the reader to venture through the early rocket dreamers, follow the astronauts to the surface of the moon and dream of the possibilities that lie ahead," said Chris Kraft, former NASA flight controller and director of Johnson Space Center. On May 1, Mayfield will be at the Museum with a lavishly illustrated presentation based upon his book.
Lecture by Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin
Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Michael Griffin, the administrator of NASA from 2005-2009, will speak at a special, evening presentation. General admission $10, $5 Museum members.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, May 6, 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 Frontierexhibit, Airpark 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 6, 5-9 p.m.
Space Day is an internationally recognized, educational event held on the first Friday in May. The Museum celebrates during its Free First Thursday on May 6 from 5-9 p.m. The Museum's education department will present a variety of fun, space-related activities.
Computing on Mars: More than a Pretty Picture - Presentation by Tim Harris
Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
William M. Allen Theater
Today, we take for granted that with a click of a mouse we can pull data from servers anywhere on earth - but what about when the server you're trying to talk to is anywhere from three to twenty one light minutes away and possibly driving through a dust storm? Come find out a little about how NASA deals with this and other problems while working to bring stunning images and data back from the Red Planet, and how you can access and analyze this data for yourself.Computer imaging expert Tim Harris will make it all clear in this well-illustrated program.
USAF Pilot Training in Action - Lecture by Maj. Randall Haskin
Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Maj. Haskin is a former employee of The Museum of Flight who now flies F-15 fighters and T-38 trainers for the United States Air Force. He will talk about how the Air Force trains pilots and how that training came to fruition in his missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.
Meet NASA Mars Rover Engineer Kobie Boykins
Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m., Museum Lobby
NASA Mars rover engineer Kobie Boykins will meet Museum visitors at the full-scale model of the next Mars rover, Curiosity, on exhibit in the Museum lobby. Boykins will talk informally about Curiosityand the previous Mars rovers that he helped design.
In 2004, NASA captured the world's imagination with the successful deployment of the Mars Expedition Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The two solar-powered rovers far exceeded their 90-day mechanical life expectancies, and Opportunity is still roaming Mars today. Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed and helped build the celebrated solar arrays that power the rovers. Boykins is currently working on Curiosity, NASA's next Mars rover that will assess the planet's ability to support microbial life.
Aluminum Overcast: The EAA B-17 Bomber
Wednesday, May 26-Monday, May 31 on the Museum Ramp
Media flights are available on May 24 at 1p.m.
2010 is the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing B-17. The Seattle-born bomber played an important role in World War II and aviation history. For several days in May, the Museum will be the 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 Overcastwas 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 Overcastcarries 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
Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the Museum for the annual Cascade Warbirds Fly-in. Visitors will enjoy the chance to view a wild 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. Planes such as a North American T-28 Trojan, DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, Cessna O-2 Skymaster 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.
Tuskegee Airmen Panel: "The Experience of the 332nd Fighter Group in the 15th Air Force."Memorial Day Weekend Programs
Sunday, May 30, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
A special panel of World War II Tuskegee Airman veterans will be at the Museum to talk about their experiences flying combat missions during the War. The panel will be moderated by local Tuskegee Airman and former fighter pilot, Lt. Col. Bill Holloman III. Panelists include William M. Wheeler, who flew bomber escort missions over Germany, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Albania and Greece; and Leo R. Gray, who flew combat missions flying P-51s based in Italy.
The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first African-American military airmen. From 1941 through 1946, nine hundred and ninety-six pilots graduated at Tuskegee Army Air Field Tuskegee, Alabama, receiving commissions and pilot wings. Black navigators, bombardiers and gunnery crews were trained at selected military bases elsewhere in the United States. Mechanics were trained at Chanute Air Base in Rantoul, Illinois until facilities were in place in 1942 at TAAF. Four hundred and fifty of the pilots who were trained at TAAF served overseas in either the 99th Pursuit Squadron (later the 99th Fighter Squadron) or the 332nd Fighter Group.
Monday, May 31, Side Gallery, Noon
Continuing a tradition first established in 1999, the Museum is pleased to be able to honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country through the Memorial Day Weekend. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music, beginning at noon. Museum CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar will preside over the ceremony. Our special guests will be several Tuskegee Airmen and the University of Washington Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Honor Guard.
Memorial Day Weekend programs are generously supported by the City of Tukwila. Veterans and active duty military receive free admission with ID.
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.