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Memorial Day Weekend Events at The Museum of Flight

Date: 
05/23/2009

WHAT: Amazing Skies Theater Presents "CanadiYanks" on Saturday, May 23. Cascade Warbirds military airplane fly-in Saturday, May 23. Panel discussion with Tuskegee Airmen on Sunday, May 24 and annual Memorial Day program Monday, May 25; B-17 flights and tours May 23 - 25.
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25
 
WHERE:The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (Exit 158 off I-5)
 
ADMISSION:  $14 adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5-17. Programs are free with admission to the Museum. Veterans and current U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum on Monday, May 25 with ID.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
Saturday, 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.
 
Amazing Skies Theater Presents "CanadiYanks"
Saturday, 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. This original, one-act play 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.
 
Tuskegee Airmen Panel
Sunday, May 24, 2-3:30 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first African-American military airmen. 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 25, 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). 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 25 with ID.

B-17 Bomber Flights and Tours
Saturday, May 23, Sunday May 24, 10 a.m. to 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 20 - Monday, May 25. The Museum is hosting this historic aircraft during its Seattle stop along 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 Museum has its own B-17F with plans to exhibit it to the public later this year.