Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Museum of Flight: "In Search of Amelia Earhart" Exhibit Opening Oct. 24

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The Museum of Flight brings together resources from around the country for its new exhibit about the remarkable life and times of the famous American pilot, Amelia Earhart. Opening Saturday, Oct. 24, "In Search of Amelia Earhart" is one of the most comprehensive exhibits about Earhart in the country. Her story is told through original photographs, newspapers, newsreel footage and Earhart's personal belongings including the uniform she used as a young nurse, and the flying suit she wore on her solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1932.  Also on display--for the first time in public--is the only known surviving piece of the Lockheed Electra aircraft Earhart flew on her ill-fated flight around the world in 1937. "In Search of Amelia Earhart" will run until May 2010.

Also on Saturday, Boeing Associate Technical Fellow Victor Riley delivers a fascinating look at our high tech world and the pros and cons of automation in the program "Gagarin's Envelope and Bush's Ballot--Our Evolving Relationship with Automation in Aviation and Society." The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.

There are still a few days left to register your family for the Museum's Spook-tacular Sleepover. Call 206.764.1384 to register today! 

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October 2009 Events

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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. 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!


Science Fiction and Science Fact--Journey to the Stars
Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15

See some of the beautiful rocket designs artists have created for magazine covers, television and movies, then make a star cruiser space ship to travel to distant stars!


Trailblazers in Aviation: Amelia Earhart

Nov. 21, 22, 28 and 29
Learn about Amelia and the aviator gear she wore in her famous flights, then make a pair of aviator goggles and an aviator scarf!









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October 2009 Events



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 Victor 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. 

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 SleepoverMuseum of Fright Spook-tacular Sleepover

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

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: 


GalileoGalileo: What I Saw Through My Telescope

Saturday, Oct. 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.   

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.


November 2009 Events


Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 - 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late-and admission is free! Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
galaxyAstrobiology: Is There Life Out There?

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

UW Professor Dr. Woody Sullivan presents the current search of Earth-like planets around the stars and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), as well as the possibility of finding life in our own Solar System.


Sunday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Great Gallery

Relive the history and gaze into the future of model aviation with a prestigious showcase of model airplanes. See models of every size and type including radio control, free flight and control line models. Scale model engines that actually operate will be on display in the Great Gallery.


FlagVeterans' Day Ceremony
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m., Side Gallery

Join the Museum in recognizing the contributions of America's veterans in our annual Veterans' Day ceremony. A performance from the Boeing Employees' Concert Band complements the ceremony.  On Veterans' Day, all U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel are admitted to the Museum free of charge.


Girl Scout Day | Brownies and Juniors

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A one day event featuring a variety of educational activities for elementary age Girl Scouts (Brownies, 2nd and 3rd Graders, and Juniors, 4th and 5th Graders.) Contact Stephanie Jones-Gunn at or 206.768.7152 for more information. To register, call 206.764.1384.


Apollo 12Celebrating Courageous Dreamers
Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m., Side Gallery

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 12 as the Seattle Symphony Pacific Northwest Orchestra and the Boeing Band perform the opening bars of Also Sprach Zarathustra; Dvorak's 9th Symphony, 4th movement; and Mars from Holst's "The Planet." Performance conducted by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra's Gerard Schwarz.


b-52Choppers to Bombers

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

A panel of flyers who saw action in the skies over North Vietnam, including helicopter pilots Mike Brown, Pat Staeheli and Steve Vermillion, as well as B-52 bomber pilot Jim Farmer. Panel moderated by Greg Pierce.


History and Development of the T-6 with Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., PCW, WWII, Quonset Hut

Dan Hagedorn, a world recognized North American T-6 historian, will brief you on one of the most advanced pilot training aircraft used by the Allies during WWII.


corsairHistory and Development of the Corsair with Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m., PCW WWII, Quonset Hut

Dan Hagedorn will take an up-close look at the design, development and missions of this well-known WWII Navy and Marine Corps fighter aircraft.   


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