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Flight Plans Newsletter

Nov.-Dec. Events at The Museum of Flight

Date: 
10/14/2011

 


 

 

SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2011

 

November 

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Nov. 3, 5 to 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late - for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, the Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation exhibit and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

 

Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Fanciful Rockets

Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

We will look at some of the beautiful rocket designs artists have created for magazine covers, television and movies - images that have inspired real life rocket design. Then we will make a star cruiser space ship to travel to distant stars!

 

Lecture

Cal Rodgers & The Vin Fiz: Flying Cross Country with your Wife, Mother and Navy in 1911

Aviation Historian and Author Mike Lavelle

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

Aviation historian Mike Lavelle will present the sometimes-madcap story of the first flight across the United States. In 1911 aviator Cal Rodgers tried to win the $50,000 prize offered by publisher William Randolph Hearst to the first pilot to fly across the U.S. within 30 days. Rodgers failed to win the prize, but he completed an epic, 4,000-mile journey crisscrossing the country in 49 days and 82 flying hours. Sitting bravely on the leading edge of his Wright EX Flyer named Vin Fiz, Rodgers was involved in 16 accidents resulting in broken legs, a concussion and a twisted spine. With 69 planned and unplanned landings en-route, Rodgers introduced the age of the flying machine to thousands of average Americans. Lavelle's presentation is a fast-moving summary of the challenges, misfortunes and triumphs as Rodgers completed what was considered an impossible feat at the time.

 

Aviation historian and author, Mike Lavelle, is the Director of Public Programs at The Museum of Flight. His is also a certified flight instructor and aircraft mechanic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. Lavelle has made presentations to universities, museums and aviation groups on topics ranging from early aviation to the jet age.


Special Event

Veterans Day Concerts and Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Museum recognizes the contributions of America's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The events begin on the eleventh hour of eleventh day of the eleventh month with chamber music performed by the internationally touring bass and cello duo, Bottom Line Duo. The Boeing Employees' Concert Band will perform patriotic music from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. ceremony featuring Museum officials, City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, City of Tukwila Councilmembers, distinguished veterans, and the Civil Air Patrol Overlake Squadron color guard. There will also be special programs for youth, adults and families. On Veterans Day, all U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel will be admitted to the Museum free of charge.


Theater Presentation

"Beauty and Duty" - A Tribute to Women in Uniform

Friday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Museum of Flight Living History performer Alice Miller will present authentic women's military uniforms from World War I to Vietnam. She will speak about their histories, origins and the women who wore them so proudly.


Family Activity

Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Exhibition

Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum welcomes back the Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Society for an exhibition of their fascinating hobby, which combines the challenges of fine model-making and sophisticated strategy game-playing. Several games will be demonstrated at the show; in addition to games featuring aerial combat, there will be a 1930s air racing game, and tables for earthbound battles. Visitors are encouraged to participate. The society members will be on hand to answer questions, while hundreds of models will be on display.


Panel Discussion

American Fighter Aces Association Symposium

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

The Museum of Flight is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots that received a special distinction of becoming an ace by destroying five or more hostile aircraft. The Association is honored to sponsor the Museum's series of panel discussions with aces and combat pilots.

 

Special Event

Jumbo Jet Celebration with the 747 Prototype

Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Museum is home to one of the most significant airplanes in history - the Boeing 747 prototype. Normally closed to the public, the aircraft will be open to a limited number of Museum members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration inside of the Museum includes special 747 exhibits and programs.

 

Family Activity

Live NASA TV Coverage of Mars Science Laboratory Launch

Friday, Nov. 25, 7:21 a.m.

The 7:21 a.m. launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will be shown in the William M. Allen Theater via NASA TV. The Museum will be open for this event only at 7 a.m. The NASA TV event is free, paid admission to the galleries begins at the Museum's usual opening time of 10 a.m.

 

For information about the Mars Science Laboratory mission, please see:

mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

 

 

December

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 to 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late - for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, the Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation exhibit and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

 

Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Airships

Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Overshadowed by the airplane, the airship - a rigid or semi-rigid balloon, powered by engines - has a colorful history. Learn about these fascinating machines and the new airship designs for the 21st century. Then design your own airship!

 

Lecture

Seven Years in the Saturn System: The Mission of Cassini-Huygens

NASA Solar System Ambassador Dr. Ron Hobbs

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

July 2011 marked the seventh anniversary of the arrival of the Cassini-Huygens probe into Saturn's orbit. The mission has produced revolutionary new information about the giant planet and its retinue of more than 60 moons, as well as incredible images of this "miniature solar system." Solar System Ambassador Dr. Ron Hobbs will provide an overview of this important voyage of discovery.

 

Dr. Hobbs is a Museum Educator and Public Programs Assistant at The Museum of Flight, and a Solar System Ambassador for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Solar System Ambassador program selects and trains qualified enthusiasts to "share the excitement of space exploration." Dr. Hobbs has had a life-long passion for the exploration of our universe.

  

Live Theater

Amazing Skies Theater Presents: A Salute to the USO - A History of Service

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Combining songs, vintage uniforms, comedy and oral history, this 50-minute show traces the USO from its beginnings in World War II to the present day.

 

Family Activity

Holiday Celebration: Wright Spirit

Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrating the Wright brothers' first powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903, The Museum of Flight's annual Wright Spirit Holiday event features family activities, live holiday music and Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive at the Museum in a vintage de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane at 10 a.m. Wright Spirit activities are free with Museum admission.   

 

Live Theater

Amazing Skies Theater Presents: A Salute to the USO - A History of Service

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.

Combining songs, vintage uniforms, comedy and oral history, this 50-minute show traces the USO from its beginnings in World War II to the present day.

 

Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Wright Spirit

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17, 18, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

They are the most famous brothers in the history of aviation: Wilbur and Orville Wright - inventors of the airplane. Learn how they solved the problem of controllable flight. Then make a model of one of their aircraft designs!

 

Family Activity

Winter Family Fun

Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gliders, robotics or rockets - what will it be? Join us for aerospace and aviation-themed activities during the holiday break.

 

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www.museumofflight.org/press/archives

 

 

 

 

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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 Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.

 

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 $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 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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