The latest in a continuing series of The Museum of Flight American Fighter Aces Panel discussions is Saturday, April 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater. Maj. William H. "Bill" Allen flew P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs during the war. Allen will tell how on one flight he was credited with five air combat victories, which made him an "ace in a day." Lt. Gen. George Loving initially flew Spitfires, and 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 six confirmed victories. An audience question and answer session follows the program.
Saturday evening from 7 - 10 p.m. is the Museum's 7th annual "Hops and Props" event. All regular event tickets are sold out, but $30 designated driver tickets will be available in the Museum Store the night of the event.
On Sunday, visit the Museum for the Tip-to-Tail Tour Nakajima KI-43-LLA. The Hayabusa, which is Japanese for "Peregrine Falcon," was the most important WWII aircraft of the Japanese Army Air Force. Tours are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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.
Liberty Belle: B-17 Bomber Flights Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 on the Museum Ramp Liberty Belle, a newly restored World War II B-17 bomber, is making its first visit to Seattle and The Museum of Flight. Flight hours are 10am to 5pm each day. The Liberty Foundation's B-17 Liberty Belle is one of only 14 B-17's that still fly today. The aircraft was built toward the end of the war and was not flown in combat. The total flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately half hour in flight. Flights experiences are $395 for Liberty Foundation members and $430 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation Member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends.
Hear some amazing stories by World War II fighter pilot Joe Moser and the co-author of his biography, Gerald Baron. The two men will answer audience questions and sign books after the program.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Call It Destiny-A Science Lab in Space Saturdays and Sundays, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. What would it be like to do science experiments in space? Visitors will learn about the Destiny module-the United States' orbiting laboratory that is a major component of the International Space Station-and then construct their own Destiny module!
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.
Space Day Thursday, May 7, 5 - 9 p.m. Space Day is an internationally recognized, educational event held on the first Friday in May. The Museum of Flight is celebrating during the Museum's Free First Thursday on May 7 from 5-9 p.m. The Museum's education department will present a variety of fun space-related activities.
Tower Exhibit Reopens Saturday, May 9 The Museum's Tower exhibit is closed for a month while it is undergoing major revisions. The renovated Tower will open on May 9 with four entirely new exhibits in the alcoves leading to the Tower. These exhibits-created by the Museum staff-will cover the topics of animal flight, the physics of flight, machine flight and weather. The distinctive, semicircular Tower overlooking Boeing Field/King County International Airport will feature enhanced, interactive displays about air traffic control. All of the exhibits are designed to be fun and engaging with interactive displays, dazzling visuals, audio features and short videos.
Amazing Skies Theater Presents "CanadiYanks" Saturdays, May 16 and 23, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater "CanadiYanks" is based upon the true story of Canadian Major Harold E. Hartney, transferred to the American army in 1917 to prepare Yank airmen for service on the Front. It also spins the bittersweet yarn of a young American couple, Malcolm Gunn and Marge Van Sciver, who must confront the worst possible tragedy of war. This, too, is based on a true story.
Music for the show will be sung by the Alpha Singers, a local choral group who have been performing in the Northwest for over 20 years.
The Aluminum Overcast: The EAA B-17 Bomber Wednesday, May 20 - Monday, May 25 on the Museum Ramp The Seattle-born B-17 played an important role in World War II and aviation history. For several days in May, the Museum will be proud host of the Experimental Aircraft Association's popular B-17, Aluminum Overcast. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in May 1945, Aluminum Overcast was too late to see action in World War II. Sold for $750 as military surplus, the airplane served as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control. Now, Aluminum Overcast carries the wartime colors of the 398th Bomb Group, serving as a living tribute to World War II aviation.
Museum visitors can tour or even fly aboard this historic aircraft. Flight experiences are $425 ($385 for current EAA members), and ground tours are $5 for adults and $15 for families. Pre-booked flights are $399 and $359. For flight reservations or more information please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217, or visit www.b17.org.
Cascade Warbirds Fly-In Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Museum Parking Lot Join the Museum for the annual Cascade Warbirds Fly-in. Visitors will enjoy the chance to view a wide variety of beautifully restored vintage military aircraft representing several nations' armed forces from World War II through the Vietnam conflict. Operating under the motto "keep 'em flying," the Cascade Warbirds work to preserve history by maintaining important aircraft. A mixture of planes such as a North American T-28 Trojan, DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, and a Douglas AD-4 Skyraider will participate in the fly-in. In addition, the pilot-owners of these planes will be on-hand to answer questions and share their enthusiasm for these vintage warbirds.
The Cascade Warbirds is an affiliate squadron of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Warbirds of America organization. Memorial Day Panel Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater A special panel of World War II Tuskegee Airman veterans will be at the Museum to talk about their unique experiences. The panel will be moderated by Bill Holloman, a local Tuskegee Airman and former fighter pilot. Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 26, Noon in the Side Gallery
Continuing a tradition first established in 1999, the Museum is pleased to be able to honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country through the Memorial Day Weekend. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music. Museum President and CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar will preside over the ceremony. Our special guests will be several Tuskegee Airmen. Memorial Day Weekend programs are generously supported by the City of Tukwila. Veterans and Active Duty Military receive free admission with identification.