On Saturday, March 28 at The Museum of Flight, crew members aboard the first Boeing 777 flight will present their recollections of the airliner's historic development program and subsequent evolution. This panel discussion includes Capt. John Cashman, 777 Project Pilot; Ken Higgins, Vice President of Flight Operations (ret.); and Jack Hessburg, 777 Chief Mechanic. Moderating the panel is Capt. Dennis O'Donoghue, Vice President of Boeing Test and Evaluation. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.
The panelists will discuss the "Triple Seven's" development and its extraordinary 14 years in service. The program will be supported by still and video images that capture the excitement and challenge of bringing a new airplane design to market.
The Boeing 777 program was launched in October 1990 with an order from United Airlines. The plane is the first jetliner to be 100 percent digitally designed using three-dimensional computer graphics. The airplane was "pre-assembled" on the computer throughout the design process, eliminating the need for a costly, full-scale mock-up. The first 777 entered service on June 7, 1995. Since then 777s have made more than two million flights. There are currently six models of the airplane including the 777 Freighter. The Triple Seven is also the first airplane to have a rose named after it. The rose was developed by an Olympia, Wash. nursery, and is deep purple-red with a citrus-like fragrance.
BANK OF AMERICA WEEKEND FAMILY WORKSHOP: AIRCRAFT COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT: THE NASA 737
Saturdays and Sundays, March 28 and 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The Museum's Boeing 737-130 has a long history as a flight test aircraft with both the Boeing Company and NASA. Visitors will hear about some of the aerial research it performed, and then construct their own NASA 737 glider model!
BOEING 777 FIRST FLIGHT CREW CELEBRATION Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater Crew members aboard the Boeing 777 first flight will present their recollections of the airliner's historic development program and subsequent configurations of the plane. After 14 years of service the "Triple Seven" has unmatched service reliability and has made record-setting flights.
WELLS FARGO FREE FIRST THURSDAY
Thursday, April 2
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 Cafe will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
The Museum is once again honored to host a panel of WWII Aces. Maj. William H. "Bill" Allen flew P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs during the war. Hear how he became an "ace in a day." Lt. Gen. George Loving initially flew Spitfires, then transitioned to the P-51B Mustang, with which he scored five victories. Capt. David C. Wilhelm graduated from Yale before training as a pilot and being sent to the Mediterranean Theater. He is credited with 6 confirmed victories.
This event is sold out. Designated driver tickets will be available at the Museum Store the night of the event. Please check the Museum web site in the fall for information on Hops and Props 2010. Now in its seventh year, "Hops and Props" combines the Museum's exciting environment with the best of brews, music by the Dudley Manlove Quartet and food from Catering by MCCormick and Schmick's. 60 breweries will be on hand, so inquiring guests can sample the finest examples of the brewers' art while expert brewmasters answer their every question.
TIP-TO-TAIL TOUR:NAKAJIMA KI-43-LLA HAYABUSA
Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Hayabusa, which is Japanese for "Peregrine Falcon," was the most important WWII aircraft of the Japanese Army Air Force.
MEMBER ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, April 21, 4 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Museum members are invited to attend the Member's Annual Meeting, with an informal reception to follow.