Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lecture and Book Signing with U.S. Vietnam War Veteran and Former Vietnamese Foe on March 19

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Two Vietnam War fighter pilots who once flew combat against each other, will lecture at the Museum on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. While serving as a U.S. Air Force pilot in Vietnam during 1972, then-Maj. Dan Cherry shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-21, and saw the plane's pilot, Nguyen Hong My, bail out. He did not learn of the Hong My's fate until they happened to meet 36 years later. The two men became friends. Both will share stories about their war experiences and the events that led to this remarkable friendship. They also will sign copies of Cherry's book, "My Enemy, My Friend - A Story of Reconciliation from the Vietnam War," following the lecture. 
Fashion in flight... on Sunday, March 20, join Museum docents for a Tip-to-Tail Tour of the Style in the Aisle exhibit. Tours will begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thinking of becoming a Museum member or upgrading your current membership? Between now and March 31, the Museum's Membership office is offering a copy of Rober J. Serling's book "Character & Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines" with all memberships purchased or upgraded in person at the Museum's Membership desk. Offer valid while supplies last.  
We're excited to announce our involvement with Vanished, a first-of-its-kind, online interactive science mystery event created by MIT and The Smithsonian Institution. From April 4 through May 31, players ages 11 to 14 will collaborate with Smithsonian scientists, MIT students, and fellow players nationwide to unravel an interactive mystery story. Through games, puzzles, real scientific thinking, and visits to local museums - including The Museum of Flight - they must uncover the truth before time runs out.  
If you have, know, or work with children ages 11 to 14, we hope you'll encourage them to sign up for this exciting event at You can learn more about Vanished from a USA Today article that appeared on February 22.   
The Museum is also proud to announce it's participation in the Smithsonian Latino Center's 2011 Young Ambassador Program. The Young Ambassadors Program is a national, interdisciplinary leadership development program for high school seniors. Information about the program and how to apply are included toward the bottom of this newsletter.

Cheryl Dart, Membership Manager 
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March  2011 Events

Thirty-six years after shooting down a North Vietnamese MiG-21 in 1972, Cherry met and became friends with the pilot, Nguyen Hong My. Hear their amazing stories of war and reconciliation. Book signing of "My Enemy, My Friend" to immediately follow.

Tip-to-Tail Tour: Style in the Aisle
Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Great Gallery
Join Museum Docents for a Tip-to-Tail tour of the Style in the Aisle exhibit.

Free Educator Workshop: Living History: Making the Human Connection
Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.-Noon
Make history come to life! In this workshop, participants explore the concepts of "Living History," how Living History presentations are created, and how these techniques are applied. Examples will be demonstrated via Museum characters from the American Home Front (1942-1945). Applications to other periods of history, as well as creating Living History in the classroom will be discussed. The instructor, Interpretive Programs Coordinator Richard Wallace, has been involved with theater and education for over 25 years. Washington state clock hours are available at no charge. To register, e-mail or call 206.764.1384. For more information e-mail or call 206.768.7216.  

April  2011 Events

Free First Thursday, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Thursday, April 7, 5-9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late--for free! Enjoy Museum exhibits and galleries from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo.

Hops and Props 2011
 Saturday, April 9, 7-10 p.m.
The Museum's annual gourmet brew fundraiser has become one of Seattle's most anticipated events! Tickets are sold out. Designated driver tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World
 Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
Featuring author Sam Howe Verhovek, Boeing 707 test pilot Brien Wygle, 707 Aerodynamicst Joe Sutter, 707 Training Instructor Peter Morton and Boeing Company Historian Mike Lombardi.

Tip-to-Tail Tour: The Beginning of Human Space Flight
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Space Exhibit
Join Museum Docents for a Tip-to-Tail Tour of the Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit.

"Rosie the Riveter" by the 5th Avenue Theatre
 Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
Seattle's acclaimed 5th Avenue Theatre brings its Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company to the Museum for a special performance of its new musical, "Rosie the Riveter," telling the story of the heroic women of the WWII workforce.

Flight Attendant Day
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In honor of the first flight attendant, Ellen Church, and 81 years of flight attendant service, admission to all current and former flight attendants is free! Just bring proof of profession--badge, wings, or even wear your uniform!

Style in the Aisle Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
Current and former flight attendants tell their stories of the exciting early days of serving the public and seeing the world. An audience question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

A Note From Membership...

Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 26, 4 p.m., Allen Theater
Museum members are invited to join us in the theater for our Annual Meeting.

Smithsonian Latino Center's
2011 Young Ambassadors Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center is pleased to announce the open application season for the 2011 Young Ambassadors Program.  The Young Ambassadors Program is a national, interdisciplinary leadership development program for high school seniors. The mission of the program is to foster the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. This program is made possible through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long, leadership development seminar at the Smithsonian Institution. The seminar encourages youth to explore and understand Latino identity and embrace their own cultural heritage through visits to the Smithsonian's Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with anthropologists, artists, curators, historians, scientists and other museum professionals. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and other cultural institutions in their local communities, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations.

Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program is underwritten by Ford Motor Company Fund and includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel costs to Washington, D.C., and a program stipend.  Students selected are responsible for all expenses during the four-week internship, including transportation, accommodations, and meals. 

Upon completion of the 5-week program, participants will receive a $2,000 program stipend towards their higher education.  Students that do not complete the seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2011. For further information and application guidelines and to apply, please visit or contact Emily Key, Education Programs Manager, at 202.633.1268 or by email at

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