Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Museum of Flight: CSI on the Runway

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The Museum of Flight applies crime scene investigation techniques to airplane accidents Oct. 17 with John Purvis, University of Washington alumnus and internationally recognized authority in large aircraft safety and accident investigation. During his 17 years leading the Boeing Commercial Aircraft accident investigation team, Purvis delved into the mysteries of hundreds of incidents, including the world's worst single aircraft accident--the 1985 crash of a Japan Airlines 747 that killed all but four of the 524 persons onboard. Purvis describes each assignment as "an opportunity to learn a lesson, a way to prevent further tragedies." The presentation is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater. More information...  

Also on Oct. 17, 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. The modelers will be in the Great Gallery from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On the Radar: For one night only, The Museum of Flight becomes...The Museum of Fright! On Friday, Oct. 30, from 4 - 9 p.m., bring the kids to the Museum as the whole family will be scared silly with safe and fun activities that will leave you in stitches! Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 5 - 17, and children 4 and under are free. After Museum of Fright, stay for a night of fun during the Museum's Spook-tacular sleepover! Program and registration information included at the end of this e-mail.  

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Spook-tacular Sleepover!


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Amelia Earhart Exhibit 


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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a pilot or an astronaut? Here is your chance! The Museum is now offering public missions in our flight and space simulations. For program information and schedule, click here.    


Bank of America Weekend Family Workshops


Saturdays and Sundays 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.


Constellations: Pictures in the Night Sky

Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25

Some of the oldest stories in the World can be seen in the night sky. Visitors will hear how people have used the stars to instruct and entertain each other, and then design a constellation mobile!


Flightfully Spooky Halloween!

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

Make a ghostly creature that is sure to give your parents a fright when you send it floating through the air. Join in on the flightfully spooky fun--that is, if you're not to scared! 








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October 2009 Events


GalileoGalileo: What I Saw Through My Telescope

Saturdays, Oct. 17, and 31, Noon and 1 p.m. Murdock Challenger Theater

Listen to Galileo explain his discoveries viewing the night sky in the fall and winter of 1609-1610 in this 20-minute theater presentation.   


CSI on the Runway"CSI on the Runway" - Airline Accident Investigations with Expert John Purvis

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

Museum Docent John Purvis is an internationally recognized authority in large aircraft safety and accident investigation. Come and learn how modern investigative techniques are applied to aircraft disasters.



Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.

 - 5 p.m., Great Gallery

The Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Society exhibits their fascinating hobby, which combines the challenge of fine model-making and sophisticated strategy game playing.  


Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. and

 2 p.m., Great Gallery

A discussion of WWII German rocketry with Docent Dr. Dieter Zube.




amelia earhartNew Exhibit: In Search of Amelia Earhart
Saturday, Oct. 24, Great Gallery
This comprehensive new exhibit will feature many of Earhart's original personal artifacts on loan from private collections, Purdue University, International Women's Air and Space Museum and others. The exhibit will include rare photos, newspapers and newsreel footage.


777SPEEA program "Gagarin's Envelope and Bush's Ballot: Our Evolving Relationship with Automation in Aviation and Society"
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

Boeing Associate Technical Fellow Victory Riley delivers a fascinating look at our high-tech world and the pros and cons of automation. 


Museum of Fright

Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 9 p.m.

Spook-tacular Sleepover 

Friday, Oct. 30 - Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. - 9 a.m.

See information below! 

The Life and Legacy of Amelia Earhart
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.,  Allen Theater

Amelia Earhart expert Debra Plymate will deliver a thoughtful program about Earhart's life, her philosophy and her legacy.


Museum of Fright


Museum of FrightThe Museum of Fright
Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 9 p.m., Museum-Wide
For one night only The Museum of Flight becomes... The Museum of Fright! Bring the kids to the Museum as the whole family will be scared silly with safe and fun activities that will leave you in stitches! Enjoy Halloween activities, games and more! Meet the ghosts of aviations past and hear the stories of flights long dead and gone. Fun and "dead"ucational activities for the whole family all evening long. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 5 - 17, free for children under 5.


Spook-tacular Sleepover!


Spook-tacular Sleepover!
Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., Museum-Wide
Enjoy a frightful night of family fun at The Museum of Flight! Stay after the Museum of Fright for a slumber party at the amid the aircraft of yesteryear. The night at the Museum includes: a special edition of our Flying Gizmo Show; all of the Museum of Fright activities; a chilling flashlight tour of the WWI and WWII galleries; and a snack and breakfast. Space is limited. Register by Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Ages 7 and up, accompanied by adults. Minimum 1 adult per 5 children. Members: $35/youth, $15 adults. Non-members: $40 youth/ $20 adults. To register, call 206.764.1384. For more information call 206.768.7142 or e-mail:


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