Friday, March 13 is the Museum's annual Women Fly! program for young women ages 13 - 19. Women Fly! provides opportunities for young women to explore a variety of aviation and aerospace careers first hand from women in all aspects of these careers. The cost is $5 (payable on day of the event.) This event features interactive workshops, a mentoring lunch and a panel discussion. For more information call (206) 768.7141 or visit www.museumofflight.org/womenfly.
On Saturday, March 14, our celebration of Women's History Month continues with "Pushing the Envelope: Pioneering Women in Aerospace," a multi-generational panel of women sharing experiences dating from WWII to today's exploration of the planets: Dawn Seymour flew B-17 bombers and Georgie Bright Kunkel helped build them; Kimberly Scott flies Air Force transport planes and airliners, Caroline Chouinard "drives" one of the robot rovers on Mars. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.
BANK OF AMERICA WEEKEND FAMILY WORKSHOP: AIRCRAFT COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT: THE NASA 737
Saturdays and Sundays, March 21, 22, 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!
Women Fly! provides opportunities for young women (13 - 19) to explore a variety of aviation and aerospace careers first hand from women in all aspects of these careers. The cost is $5 (payable on day of the event.) This event features interactive workshops, a mentoring lunch and a panel discussion. For more information call (206) 768.7141 or visit www.museumofflight.org/womenfly.
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Women have been pushing the envelope throughout the history of aviation and space exploration. This year's Women Fly! panel will feature women who have played a role in expanding the boundaries. Participants will include: Women Air Force Service Pilot Dawn Seymour, Kimberly Scott, who flies for both Alaska Airlines and the USAF, Caroline Chouinard, a computer scientist who was part of an all-woman team that managed the operations of the Spirit rover one last year, and Georgie Kunkel, a real, live Rosie the Riveter.
BANK OF AMERICA WEEKEND FAMILY WORKSHOP: WOMEN FLY! Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Join the Museum as we celebrate Women's History Month. Visitors can design a collage honoring the courage, dedication and service of women in aviation and aerospace.
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Side Gallery
In an annual rite of spring, the member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council once again present a glimpse into the fascinating world of silent flight at Soaring Expo 2008. See an amazing display of sleek, graceful, full-size sailplanes in the Side Gallery throughout the weekend, and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with members of area soaring clubs who will be on hand to answer all your questions about the challenges and rewards, the romance and the practicalities of soaring in the Pacific Northwest. The Expo will include presentations and films in the William M. AllenTheater, including "Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII," narrated by Hal Holbrook.
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. Lt. 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.
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. Get your tickets today at the Museum Store or online at www.museumofflightstore.org.
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.