Museum Partners with Powering Imagination as Mission Control for 2016 Arctic Aerial Adventure
Powering Imagination CEO Erik Lindbergh to retrace
Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1931 flight
SEATTLE, May 21, 2014--On the 87th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic, The Museum of Flight announces a partnership with the Lone Eagle's grandson Erik Lindbergh, CEO of Powering Imagination, a company dedicated to ensuring that the dream of flight is preserved for future generations through innovations in sustainability.
In 2016, Lindbergh with the Powering Imagination team will begin an aerial adventure of more than 8,000 miles in a floatplane powered in part by alternative fuels, to demonstrate the progress being made to make aviation sustainable. The project will retrace Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's 1931 "North to the Orient" journey to develop air routes from the United States to Asia. The Museum of Flight will establish a "mission control" for the flight, where visitors can follow Powering Imagination's preparations, project management, flight planning, and weather monitoring preceding and during the flight.
"We are proud to announce that The Museum of Flight in Seattle will provide the education hub and mission control for Powering Imagination as a sponsor and a partner for our global audience," said Erik Lindbergh. "The Museum is a leader in preserving our aviation heritage and also a world leader in educating people of all ages. Locating our 'mission control' for our global adventures at the Museum will allow visitors and supporters from all over the world to follow our progress and understand how sustainable technologies under development today are creating new opportunities for tomorrow."
Lindbergh and Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King both noted that the opportunity to tell the story of Powering Imagination's programs represents an outstanding opportunity to link past aviation milestones, current cutting edge research, and help explore and promote future developments in aviation together for a global audience and in-museum visitors alike.
About Powering Imagination LLC
Powering Imagination LLC was founded by Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to promote sustainable aviation and innovations in: electric flight, alternative aviation fuels, and aircraft noise reduction. Powering Imagination works with innovators and educators around the world to create a bright future for aviation, and to utilize the dream of flight to inspire the world to make sustainable choices in energy and transportation. Erik Lindbergh previously created the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP) to encourage the creation of the electric aircraft industry, and he also worked with XPRIZE to encourage private spaceflight. For more information see: www.poweringimagination.com
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