Memorial Day Weekend Events
Memorial Day Weekend Events at The Museum of Flight
Military aircraft fly-in, B-17 rides, Tuskegee Airmen presentation -Veterans and current U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum on Monday, May 31 with ID
SEATTLE, May 12, 2010
Saturday, May 29: Cascade Warbirds military airplane fly-in
Sunday, May 30: Panel discussion with Tuskegee Airmen
Monday, May 31: Annual Memorial Day program
All Weekend: B-17 rides and tours
Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The annual Cascade Warbirds Fly-In brings 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 military aircraft. The aircraft will be displayed on the Museum parking lot. Flight crews will be present to answer questions. Free.
Tuskegee Airmen Panel - "The 332nd Fighter Group (The Red Tails) in the 15th Air Force"
Sunday, May 30, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
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; P-51 pilot Bob Friend; and Leo R. Gray, who flew combat missions flying P-51s based in Italy. The program is in the William M. Allen Theater, and free with admission to the Museum.
Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 31, Noon
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 1 p.m. presided by Museum President and CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar. Special guests during the ceremony include Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bill Holloman III, William M. Wheeler, Bob Friend and Leo R. Gray. The City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton will also take part in the program. An autograph session follows the ceremony.
The Museum's Memorial Day program is generously supported by the City of Tukwila. Veterans and current U.S. military personnel receive free admission to the Museum on Monday, May 31 with ID.
B-17 Bomber Flights and Tours
Saturday, May 29, Sunday May 30, Monday May 31, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Aluminum Overcast, the Experimental Aircraft Association's restored B-17, returns to the Seattle skies and The Museum of Flight from Wednesday, May 26 through Monday, May 31. The Museum is hosting this historic aircraft during its Seattle stop as part of a national "Salute to the Veterans" tour. For flight reservations or more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org
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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