Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This Weekend at The Museum of Flight: Women Fly!

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Women Fly! 

 A public program "Women Flyers from Around the World" 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 William M. Allen Theater. Invited panelists include:

  • Michelle Bassanesi (Italy) - Bassanesi is the founder of Aviation and Women in Europe. Bassanesi is a flight instructor with experience flying paragliders, hang gliders and airplanes.
  • Kajuju Laiboni (Kenya) - Co-founder of Women Aviators in Africa.
  • Refilwe Ledwaba (South Africa) - A co-founder of Women Aviators in Africa, in 2006 Ledwaba became the first black woman helicopter pilot for the South African Police Service Air Wing.
  • Harumi Sato (Japan) - Sato is a flight instructor and has flown as a commercial pilot in the United States and as an airline pilot in Japan.
  • Fran West (Australia) - West is the first woman pilot to circumnavigate mainland Australia in a light aircraft. She is also an author, photographer and motivational speaker.
  • Jennie Steldt (United States) - Capt. Steldt is a United States Air Force pilot who flew the first C-17 Globemaster airdrop on Antarctica.
  • Ruth Morlas  (Ecuador) - Morlas was born in Ecuador. She is now a Production Systems Operator for the Boeing Co.


Don't forget! On Monday, March 8, the Museum welcomes Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III. As pilot in command of the US Airways Flight 1549 that was dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson," Capt. Sullenberger has been hailed as a national hero for his quick thinking and outstanding aviation skills that saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew on Jan. 15, 2009. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for Museum members and $10 for the general public and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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March 6 and 7

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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.







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March 2010 Events


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!

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.


Women Fly! Panel: Women Flyers from Around the World

Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
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.


SullenbergerAn Evening with "Sully" Sullenberger

Monday, March 8, 7-9 p.m., Side Gallery

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the now-legendary pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 who successfully ditched the plane into the Hudson River, visits the Museum for an evening lecture. Tickets are $5 for Museum members and $10 for general admission. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vietnam Veterans Pilot Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

Veteran flyers from the Vietnam era, Claire Gilstad, Ray Rignel and Joe Crecca, will share their experiences in a panel discussion taking place in conjunction with the Seattle Opera's upcoming production of "Amelia." The opera is a new work that explores the American experience in Vietnam and our fascination with flight.
Perlan GliderSoaring Expo

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.
AcesAmerican Fighter Aces Panel

Saturday, March 27, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

The Museum of Flight is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots who 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.


Challenger Learning Center Public Mission

Saturday, March 27, 1-3 p.m.

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


Aviation Learning Center Public Mission

Wednesday, March 31, 1-3 p.m.

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



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