On Saturday, Feb. 20, author and retired University of Washington Aeronautics and Astronautics professor Dr. Reiner Decher, will talk about the evolution of jet engines in a Feb. 20 program called "Bumping (repeatedly) into the Sound Barrier - The History of the Jet Engine." Decher's program is a fascinating look at the capabilities and limitations of jets; for example, many jetliners easily fly almost as fast as the speed of sound, yet there hasn't been a supersonic airliner since Concordes were retired in 2003. The presentation will trace the historical development of the jet engine as engineers strived to overcome the limitation of piston engines and propellers and sought ever-greater jet engine efficiency when aircraft cruise near the sound barrier. The program also looks at the future of more fuel-efficient jet engines. A question and answer session, and book signing, follow the presentation. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater. More information...
There are many exciting programs on tap for the Museum in March! A complete calendar is listed below but here are a few highlights:
The Museum's annual Women Fly! education symposium will be held on Friday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Young women ages 13 - 17 are invited for a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of flight-related careers. Program and registration information is available at museumofflight.org/womenfly.
A public program "Women Aviators from around the Globe" featuring women pilots from Italy, Kenya, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Ecuador, Chile and the United States will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Allen Theater.
The Museum's annual Soaring Expo will be held March 20-21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition to fascinating full-sized and radio-controlled gliders from the member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council, the Museum will exhibit the "Perlan Glider" that test pilot Einar Enevoldson and the late adventurer Steve Fossett flew to set the world altitude record for gliders in 2006.
In the early 1960s, a new generation of test pilots went into space in the X-15 experimental aircraft to find out the limits of human endurance. Visitors will learn about this breakthrough project that paved the way for all future space travel, then design their own experimental aircraft!
Women Fly! March 6 and 7 Join us as we celebrate the achievements of women in aviation and aerospace. Design your own poster honoring their courage, dedication and service.
Gliderama! March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 What kind of aircraft can soar high in the sky yet hardly make any noise?......a glider! Come on down to the Museum and get the scoop on these amazing aircraft and find out why this type of flying is called the 'Silent Sport,' and then make your own high-flying paper glider.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Reiner Decher, retired professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, sheds some light on the nature of the limitations on flight performance imposed by the 700-mph speed of sound.
Tip-to-Tail Tour: "In Search of Amelia Earhart" exhibit
Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., T.A. Wilson Great Gallery
Join Museum docents for a tour of the "In Search of Amelia Earhart" exhibit.
Thursday, March 4, 5-9 p.m. Once a month, the Museum stays open late-and admission is free! Enjoy museum exhibits 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.
Women Fly! Education Symposium Friday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Women Fly! is The Museum of Flight's premier, annual two-day event. On Friday, March 5, more than 100 young women ages 13-17 will participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of flight-related careers. Volunteering their time are over 30 women professionals: airport operators, pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in all disciplines. The day's activities include tours of King County International Airport/Boeing Field, Museum education programs, simulated flights, aircraft tours, workshops, college/career fair, and networking with the panel. Highlighting the activities is an international panel of women sharing their exciting experiences in aviation.
Friday's Women Fly! panel returns for a public presentation on Saturday. This year's panelists includes distinguished women pilots from almost every continent. Their experiences include flights in the Australian outback, Alaskan wilderness, Antarctic slopes, African plains and the urban landscapes of Europe, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
Amelia: the Libretto-Vietnam Panel Discussion Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m., Allen Theater The new opera Amelia, soon to open at the Seattle Opera, weaves a woman's emotional journey, the American experience in Vietnam, and elements of myth and history to explore our fascination with flight. Veteran flyers from the Vietnam era-Claire Gilstad, Ray Rignel and Joe Crecca-will share their experiences to give background to the opera.
Saturday and Sunday, March 20 - 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Side Gallery The member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council again present a glimpse into the fascinating world of silent flight at Soaring Expo 2010, held March 20-21 at The Museum of Flight. On special display this year is the "Perlan Glider" that test pilot Einar Enevoldson and the late adventurer Steve Fossett flew to set a the world altitude record for gliders in 2006. Exhibits include full-size gliders and radio- controlled gliders on display. Lectures, movies and presentations are offered all weekend. Representatives of local soaring and RC glider clubs will be on hand to answer questions.
The Museum of Flight is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots that received a special distinction of becoming an ace by destroying five or more hostile aircraft The Association is honored to sponsor a panel of aces and combat pilots to share the stories of heroism from these remarkable men.
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