This Saturday, Feb. 7, join Seattle pilots Doug DeVries and Mark Schoening as they tell tales from their 10,000 mile circumnavigation of Canada in De Havilland Beaver floatplanes. The 45-day "Great Arctic Air Adventure" took them to the some of the most remote places on Earth; and along the way they met some remarkable people. The two adventurers will detail their trip at the Museum at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater. Their stories will be illustrated with stunning photos and film clips shown on the theater's big screen. An audience question and answer session follows the program.
On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Museum stays open late--for free! Enjoy the Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, flight simulators and more from 5 - 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. The Museum Store and Wings Cafe will also remain open for the extended hours.
Sunday, Feb. 8 is the last day to see The Berlin Airlift--A Legacy of Friendship in the Great Gallery. The Museum of Flight is one of only a few places this exhibit can be seen during its year-long tour of the United States.
The Museum has many great activities planned for Presidents Day Weekend, Feb. 14- 16, including the NorthWest Scale Modelers Show, The Puget Sound Engineering Fair and the unveiling ceremony of the images from NASA's great observatories. Details, dates and times for these and other programs during Presidents' Day Weekend can be found in the calendar below.
Finally, don't forget that Hops and Props tickets are on sale in the Museum Store or online at www.museumofflightstore.org. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for general admission and $30 for designated drivers. Last year's event sold out so be sure to buy your tickets early! Hops and Props is April 18 from 7 - 10 p.m.
WELLS FARGO FREE FIRST THURSDAY Thursday, Feb. 5, 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 Frontier exhibit, flight simulators 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.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Flying two venerable de Havilland Beaver seaplanes, Seattle pilots Mark Schoening and Doug DeVries departed Lake Washington late last summer for a 10,000 mile circumnavigation of Canada. The 45-day trek took them to the some of the most remote places on Earth. As the International Polar Year draws to a close, come hear the tales of these two adventurers. Their stories are lavishly illustrated with beautiful photos and film clips.
BANK OF AMERICA WEEKEND FAMILY WORKSHOP: GALILEO TIMES 2! Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Celebrate the birthday and astronomical accomplishments of one of the world's greatest scientists-the 17th century Italian genius Galileo Galilei-by constructing a paper model of Galileo's telescope.
Saturday, Feb.14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Side Gallery The Museum and the Puget Sound Engineering Council celebrate the annual National Engineers Week with an Engineering Fair. Local chapters of national societies representing the entire span of engineering disciplines will staff booths all day where those interested in engineering careers can learn more about the exciting opportunities available. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be represented.
THE 14TH ANNUAL POPSICLE BRIDGE CONTEST Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. - Noon, William M. Allen Theater The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will put on a competition of bridges built using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. Each year teams of high school students from local schools build bridges that are strong, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. The bridges will be judged and then tested to failure with a hydraulic press. Be sure to be in the room as each bridge snaps and broken popsicle sticks fly everywhere! Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Great Gallery
See hundreds of detailed scale model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft, figures and more at the largest model show in the Pacific Northwest. Experts from NorthWest Scale Modelers will be on hand throughout the two day event, demonstrating modeling techniques and answering questions about this fascinating hobby. The theme for the 2009 show is The Mighty Eighth Air Force.
Children age 6 and up are invited to learn the art of modeling during free "Make and Take" workshops sponsored by Galaxy Hobby and Skyway Model Shop. NWSM members will be on hand to help children build a scale aircraft model to take home. Workshops are on both days and are first-come, first-serve. Each child should have an adult helper.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater This year's theme of the Northwest Scale Modelers Show is commemorating the men and the planes of the "Mighty" 8th Air Force, which began service as the VII Bomber Command in 1942 and was redesignated the 8th Air Force on Feb. 22, 1944. Men of the Mighty 8th Air Force who flew over the European Theater during WWII, or who maintained the planes, will share their memories and stories of their encounters with the German Luftwaffe.
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first celestial observations, 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. To celebrate, NASA's Great Observatories - the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-Ray Observatory - are collaborating to produce spectacular multi-wavelength views of our universe. The Museum of Flight has been selected by NASA as one of 100 sites nationwide to display this exciting new image. Join Museum President and CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar and distinguished guests for the unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m. Museum educators will be offering a selection of fun, space related family activities all day! By the way, Galileo was born on Feb. 15, 1564.
FROM GALILEO TO THE GREAT OBSERVATORIES: LECTURE WITH UW PROFESSOR DR. BRUCE BALICK
Monday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
UW Professor of Astronomy Dr. Bruce Balick has used the Hubble Space Telescope extensively. His 1 p.m. talk, "From Galileo to the Great Observatories," will feature images from Hubble and the other two NASA great observatories to show how they have changed the ways in which we understand stars, galaxies and the cosmos.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
The Boeing XB-52 was first flown on April 15, 1952. It became operational with the US Air Force in 1954 and at the time was described as the most formidable expression of air power by the Secretary of the Air Force. Come hear former bomber test pilots and engineers Brien Wygle and Dick Taylor along with their Air Force counter part test pilot Gen. Guy Townsend (USAF Ret.) tell what made this aircraft so successful for 46 years. The Boeing Company Historian Michael Lombardi will moderate the panel.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
As incredible as it may seem today, until the mid-1960s major U.S. airlines refused to hire African-American pilots. It took Marlon DeWitt Green to challenge -and ultimately change--the entrenched system of segregation in the airline industry. Turbulence Before Takeoff is the story of Green's long and courageous struggle, set within the larger context of the battle for civil rights and equality in the 20th century. It is an inspirational story of perseverance that won't soon be forgotten. Author Flint Whitlock will present Green's story and will sign copies of the book afterward.