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USAF Museum - News and Notes: October 2009



News & Notes

October 2009


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Dawn Patrol Rendezvous wrap-up 

Tell us what you thought of the event

World War I Dawn Patrol RendezvousThousands of spectators immersed themselves in early air power history, despite the weekend's gloomy weather. Were you one of them? If you attended this premiere historical aviation event, we want to know your thoughts and opinions. Click here to give us feedback



Medal of Honor recipient to speak 

See Col. (Ret.) Leo K. Thorsness on Oct. 14

Col. Leo ThorsnessCol. (Ret.) Leo K. Thorsness, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for combat actions as a Wild Weasel during the Southeast Asia War, will present "Getting Through Tough Times" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Click here for more information about Thorsness' presentation.



Halloween fun during Family Day 

Wear a costume, learn about aerospace principles

HalloweenCelebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and those that participate in activities will receive goody bags full of stickers, candy and aviation trading cards as they leave the museum (while supplies last). Visit the Family Day page for more information about the event.



Mark calendars for concert 

Band of Flight honors veterans on Nov. 6 and 7

USAF Band of FlightCelebrate and honor heroes from all eras of American history with the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Due to the popularity of these free concerts, two performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. Watch the museum's Web site,, for more information.



WWI educational program 

Learn about the "Four MAIN Causes of WWI"

WWI Dawn Patrol RendezvousStudents in grades 6-12 can commemorate Veterans Day by joining us for the education program, "The Four MAIN Causes of World War I." The program, open to both school groups and home school families, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. Educators may also schedule the informational scavenger hunt "World War I." This self-guided tour is designed to provide students with a brief history of WWI and the people and aircraft involved. Questions are multiple choice, fill in the blank and data collection. Depending on the class, plan for 30-60 minutes before or after the assembly program. Click here to register.



Featured exhibit of the month

American Air Combat Stories

American Air Combat StoriesAir combat in World War I was as varied as the people who flew and fought in the skies over Europe. The stories of four Americans and their personal effects on display at the museum illustrate their experiences. One of them was the first American serviceman to shoot down an enemy plane, and one was the second-ranking U.S. ace of the war. Another enthusiastically flew the Stars and Stripes from his fighter, and yet another was the first member of the U.S. Army Air Service to die -- though mysteriously -- on a combat mission. Learn more about air combat in WWI by viewing our virtual exhibit or by visiting the on-site display in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.


This month in USAF history 

Oct. 30, 1918

Capt. Eddie RickenbackerCapt. Edward V. Rickenbacker shot down his 26th and final enemy aircraft of World War I. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has Rickenbacker's Medal of Honor in its collection. Click here to view information about the museum's Rickenbacker exhibit. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)

In this issue

Dawn Patrol Wrap-up

Guest Lecture

Family Day

Band Concert

Educational Program

Featured Exhibit

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule



On the radar

Oct. 14 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture  


Oct. 17 · Family Day


Nov. 6-7 · Band of Flight Concerts

Nov. 11 · Veterans Day, MUSEUM OPEN


Nov. 11 · WWI educational program


Nov. 17 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture


Nov. 21 · Family Day


Nov. 26 · Thanksgiving, MUSEUM CLOSED



IMAX® schedule

Space Station · 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily


Fighter Pilot · 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


The Magic of Flight · 1 p.m. daily, 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 


10 a.m. shows can be arranged for groups of 50 or more.

For ticket prices and to confirm show times, visit


Hiller Happenings


Flying and Fighting
Burt Newmark
WWII Fighter Pilot and POW
Saturday October 3

"'What are you doing in my country?' asked Hanns Joachim Scharff, my interrogator. I'd been dragged into his office and he's wearing a beautiful German uniform. He's sitting at his desk in his office with books behind him,  and I'm shoved into a chair. He looks at me and says, 'What are you doing in my country?' I looked at him and I said…….. Find out what 2nd lieutenant Newmark said this Saturday at the Hiller Aviation Museum .

Event included with museum admission

Flight Explorers Half-Day Programs

For Kids Grades 1-6

Saturday Programs October 3rd, November 7th, November 28th and December 5th

Holiday Programs November 11th and November 27th

1 PM-- 4 PM

Join an exploration into the world of flight with our popular Flight Explorers programs.    Three different topics are offered on select weekends and holidays this fall.    Each program features a hands-on model aircraft construction project, an exclusive Gallery Tour, and a special flight simulation mission in the Museum's Flight Sim Zone.    


After-School Aviators Afternoon Programs  

For Kids Grades 1-8

Fabulous Flight (Grades 1-5) Wednesdays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

October 7th28th  

Test Pilot Lab (Grades 4-8) Thursdays 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

October 15thNovember 4th

Launch a four-week after-school adventure for young aviation enthusiasts!    Programs meet one day per week for four consecutive weeks at the Hiller Aviation Museum and provide an in-depth investigation into a particular area of aviation.    Fabulous Flight students build and fly model aircraft, and Test Pilot Lab participants pursue a challenging series of flight simulations using a variety of aircraft under increasingly difficult conditions.


Space for all programs is limited and advanced registration is required.    Call (650) 654-0200 or visit our website here for additional information or to download a registration form.    We'll see your child soon for an exciting journey into the world of flight!





This Weekend at The Museum of Flight: 747 Program and Tours

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 747 Banner


 The revolutionary Boeing 747 is profiled in a panel presentation Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. with Northwest Airlines 747 captains and a trans-oceanic purser; 747 chief engineer Joe Sutter; and the first 747 pilot, Brien Wygle. The panelists will talk about the historic jumbo jet that first took to the skies 40 years ago. A limited number of randomly chosen audience members will have the rare opportunity to tour the Museum's 747 prototype--usually closed to the public--after the program. More information...

Also featured Oct. 3 is a Northwest Airlines 747-200 that will be open for tours 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The aircraft will be located next to the Museum's south parking lot. The 747 tours are free with admission to the Museum. 

This Thursday, Oct. 1 is Wells Fargo Free Thursday! The Museum stays open late with free admission from 5 - 9 p.m. Also, from 5 - 9 p.m. learn about the wonders of the night sky during the Museum's Astronomy Day activities. Meet local astronomy enthusiasts, check out the night sky in the Museum's portable planetarium, and hear about the latest exciting findings from robotic explorers in space presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Hobbs!

There is not much time left to vote for The Museum of Flight in Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington "Best Museum" category! Voting ends October 11. Click here to vote!

Dream, Discover, Soar!

The Museum of Flight

In This Issue

In Search of Amelia Earhart

Museum of Flight Store

Family Programs

October 2009 Events

Museum of Fright

Spook-tacular Sleepover!


Museum of Fright


Amelia Earhart Exhibit



747 model



 Family Programs Header


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a pilot or an astronaut? Here is your chance! The Museum is now offering public missions in our flight and space simulations. For program information and schedule, click here.    


Bank of America Weekend Family Workshops


Saturdays and Sundays 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.


Constellations: Pictures in the Night Sky

Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25

Some of the oldest stories in the World can be seen in the night sky. Visitors will hear how people have used the stars to instruct and entertain each other, and then design a constellation mobile!


Flightfully Spooky Halloween!

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

Make a ghostly creature that is sure to give your parents a fright when you send it floating through the air. Join in on the flightfully spooky fun--that is, if you're not to scared! 








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October 2009 Events


Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 - 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late-and admission is free from 5 - 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings CafĂ© will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
galaxy imageAstronomy Day
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 - 9 p.m.

Meet local astronomy enthusiasts and learn about the wonders of the night sky. 


747Northwest Airlines 747-200 Panel Discussion 
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m., Allen Theater
A panel including Joe Sutter, chief engineer for the original 747 program; Brien Wygle, first flight pilot for the 747; and NWA captains will talk about this historic airplane. A limited number of passes to tour the Museum's 747 prototype will be given out randomly to members of the audience after the program.
747 Airplane Tours
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adjacent to the Museum South Parking Lot

A retiring Northwest Airlines 747 will be open for tours for free with admission to the Museum.  
Collectibles ShowSeattle Airline Collectibles Show
Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Skyline Room
Pilot's wings, timetables, postcards, and more... if it has an airline logo on it, chances are you can find it at the annual airline collectibles show. Show admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 - 15. Attendees will receive $2 off Museum admission. 


Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Library and Archives Building

Books, magazines, posters and more will be for sale in the Museum's Library and Archives Building.


GalileoGalileo: What I Saw Through My Telescope

Saturdays, Oct. 10, 17, and 31, Noon and 1 p.m. Murdock Challenger Theater

Listen to Galileo explain his discoveries viewing the night sky in the fall and winter of 1609-1610 in this 20 minute theater presentation.  


Pathfinders28th Annual Pathfinder Awards Banquet
Saturday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.
The Museum of Flight and the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will honor Northwest aerospace luminaries Dr. James Joki and John Roundhill during the 28th Annual Pathfinder Awards Banquet. For more information and ticket information, click here.


CSI on the Runway"CSI on the Runway" - Airline Accident Investigations with Expert John Purvis

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

Museum Docent John Purvis is an internationally recognized authority in large aircraft safety and accident investigation. He will discuss accident investigation and aircraft safety.


Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Great Gallery

The Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Society exhibits their fascinating hobby, which combines the challenge of fine model-making and sophisticated strategy game playing.  


Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Great Gallery

A discussion of WWII German rocketry with Docent Dr. Dieter Zube.   



amelia earhartNew Exhibit: In Search of Amelia Earhart
Saturday, Oct. 24, Great Gallery
This comprehensive new exhibit will feature many of Earhart's original personal artifacts on loan from private collections, Purdue University, International Women's Air and Space Museum and others. The exhibit will include rare photos, newspapers and newsreel footage.


777SPEEA program "Gagarin's Envelope and Bush's Ballot: Our Evolving Relationship with Automation in Aviation and Society"
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Allen Theater

Boeing Associate Technical Fellow Victory Riley delivers a fascinating look at our high tech world and the pros and cons of automation. 


Museum of Fright

Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 9 p.m.

Spook-tacular Sleepover 

Friday, Oct. 30 - Saturday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. - 9 a.m.

See information below! 

The Life and Legacy of Amelia Earhart
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.,  Allen Theater

Amelia Earhart expert Debra Plymate will deliver a thoughtful program about Earhart's life, her philosophy and her legacy.


Museum of Fright


Museum of FrightThe Museum of Fright
Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 9 p.m., Museum Wide
For one night only The Museum of Flight becomes... The Museum of Fright! Bring the kids to the Museum as the whole family will be scared silly with safe and fun activities that will leave you in stitches! Enjoy Halloween treats, games and more! Meet the ghosts of aviations past and hear the stories of flights long dead and gone. Fun and "dead"ucational activities for the whole family all evening long. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 5 - 17, free for children under 5.


Spook-tacular Sleepover!


Spook-tacular Sleepover!
Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., Museum Wide
Enjoy a frightful night of family fun at The Museum of Flight! Stay after the Museum of Fright for a slumber party at the Museum. The night at the Museum includes: a special edition of our Flying Gizmo Show; all of the Museum of Fright activities; a chilling flashlight tour of the WWI and WWII galleries; a snack and breakfast. Space is limited. Register by Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Ages 7 and up accompanied by adults. Minimum 1 adult per 5 children. Members: $35/youth, $15 adults. Non-members: $40 youth/ $20 adults. To register, call (206) 768-1384. For more information call (206) 768-7142 or e-mail: