Successor to the World War II's legendary "Flying Tigers" American Volunteer Group, the U.S. Army Air Force 23rd Fighter Group made arguably the largest contribution toward the Allied victory in the China-Burma-India Theater of combat of any air unit during World War II. Author Carl Molesworth will recall this record in a presentation based upon his 2009 book, "23rd Fighter Group--Chennault's Sharks." The program is on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Molesworth will field audience questions and sign his books after the presentation.
The Museum has just released 100 tickets to our VIP Gourmet Soiree food and beer pairing event on April 24 from 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and include admission to the 8th Annual Hops and Props event (7-10 p.m.) Contact Sandra Ewing at email@example.com or 206.768.7221 to reserve your tickets today. Hops and Props has been sold out for weeks, so don't miss this opportunity to attend this popular event!
On the radar: Vietnam-era pilots panel, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum space historian Dr. Roger Launius and more! Check out the calendar below for details.
Click here to vote for The Museum of Flight in Evening Magazine's "Best of Northwest Escapes" contest! The Museum is nominated for the "Best Museum" category. Voting ends on Sunday, April 11.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late--and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum's T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, 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.
Girl Scout Day
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Explore the wonders of the night sky in the Museum's portable planetarium while satisfying elements fo the Space Explorer Try-It and the Sky Search Badge
Participants must bring a bag lunch. $12/Girl Scout. Accompanying adults at no charge. Payment required at time of reservation.
23rd Fighter Group: "Chennault's Sharks" Lecture and Book Signing
Saturday, April 3, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
Successor to WWII's legendary "Flying Tigers" American Volunteer Group, the U.S. Army Air Force 23rd Fighter Group made arguably the largest contribution toward the Allied victory in the China-Burma-India Theater of combat of any air unit during WWII. Author Carl Molesworth will recall this record in a presentation based upon his 2009 book, "23rd Fighter Group-Chennault's Sharks."
Vietnam Panel Discussion II
Saturday, April 10, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
Veteran flyers from the Vietnam era--Jim Platt, Doug Clarke and Don Scott, will share their experiences in a panel discussion in conjunction with the Seattle Opera's upcoming production of "Amelia," a new work that explores the American experience in Vietnam and our fascination with flight.
"Robots vs. Humans in Spaceflight: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel" Lecture by Dr. Roger Launius
Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. Allen Theater
Chair of the Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum and former Chief Historian at NASA, Roger Launius will make a presentation based on a recent book that explores the history and possible futures for human/robotic spaceflight, "Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Predictions, 1950-2050." Admission is $10 for general public and $5 for Museum members.
"Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Human Spaceflight" Lecture by Dr. Roger Launius
Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m. Allen Theater
Launius will explore the history of spaceflight during the past 50 years and offer comments on the core challenges for future exploration. Those challenges include political will; cheap, reliable access to space; smart robotics; protecting this planet and this species; and exploration of the moon and Mars.