On March 27 at 2 p.m., The Museum of Flight presents a panel of World War II veteran pilots including eight-aerial combat victory Ace James Tapp; 13-victory Ace Clyde East; 13-victory Ace James Brooks; and Distinguished Service Cross recipient, two-victory fighter pilot James Kunkle. Kunkle was one of three American D-Day veterans personally honored by President Barack Obama and French President Sarkozy in ceremonies at Normandy, France in June 2009. Information on the panelists is available on the Museum website.
Please note that Astronaut Scott Parazynski will not be visiting the Museum on April 11 and 12 as advertised in the March/April 2010 Aloft Magazine. Stay tuned for information on our Yuri's Night celebration to be held April 12.
On the radar: A public mission in the Aviation Learning Center (ALC) on March 31; and Girl Scout Day on April 3. Pre-registration required for ALC public mission and Girl Scout Day. Information on all upcoming programs in the calendar below.
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.
Gliderama! March 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.
Kites on the Fly!
Mask Kites: April 3, 4, 10, 11
Fisherman's Kites: April 17, 18, 24, 25
Did you know that people have been flying kites for over 2,000 years? Come hear the story of these incredible yet simple flying objects, then make and decorate your own kite to fly at home!
The Museum of Flight presents a panel of WWII veteran pilots including eight-aerial combat victory Ace James Tapp; 13-victory Ace Clyde East; 13-victory Ace James Brooks; and Distinguished Service Cross recipient, two-victory fighter pilot James Kunkle.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut? Here is your chance! Sessions are for participants ages 10 and up--under 16 years of age requires adult supervision. Sessions are $10/participant (non-participating adults are free.) Pre-registration is required. For further information, call 206.764.1384 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a pilot? Here is your chance! Sessions are for participants ages 10 and up--under 16 years of age requires adult supervision. Sessions are $10/participant (non-participating adults are free.) Pre-registration is required. For further information, call 206.764.1384 or e-mail email@example.com.
April 2010 Events
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.