2005 August Events at The Museum of Flight

SEATTLE, June 29, 2005

The Blue Angels at The Museum of Flight

Thursday, August 4–Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron—the elite Blue Angels—is once again the star of the KeyBank Air Show at SEAFAIR presented by Boeing and The Museum of Flight is once again proud to host this elite group in cooperation with The Boeing Company. Although the Blues’ incredible aerial act is best viewed from the hydro pits at Seattle’s Genesee Park, there is no place better than the Museum for an up close look at the jets, the pilots and the precision that make the Blue Angels everyone’s favorite summer treat. Enjoy the precise pre-flight walkdowns, feel the thrill of the formation takeoffs and meet the Navy’s finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances at the Museum. For more information, visit www.museumofflight.org, or call 206-764-5720, ext. 303. Outdoor display is free.

Wells Fargo Weekend Family Workshop Blue Angels Mania!

Friday, August 5 and Saturdays and Sundays, August 6, 7, 13 and 14,

12 noon–3 p.m.

We've got the blues . . . and we're thrilled about it! Once again, the spectacular U.S. Navy Blue Angels are visiting Seattle and The Museum of Flight. In celebration, all Blues fans are invited to stop by the Museum's activity area to make fabulous Blue Angels souvenirs. Create your very own stickers, postcards and other mementos to keep or share with your friends! Weekend Family Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.

Sled Driver Presentation and Book Signing

Friday, August 5–Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m.

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul, who traveled the airshow circuit with the Blue Angels for his book Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold, shares tales from his own flight history as a “sled driver”—an SR-71 Blackbird pilot. Shul’s book Sled Driver, featuring his photography and prose, was the first book to put the reader into the cockpit of the world’s fastest, highest-flying piloted jet, and his ever-popular slide show and talk presents dazzling images and fascinating stories from the book and beyond. Hear riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet. This marks the fourteenth year Brian Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week—a tradition not to be missed. He will be selling and signing copies of his Centennial of Flight Limited Edition Sled Driver from his booth in the East Parking Lot throughout his stay. Presentation is free with Museum admission.

Blue Angels Youth Program

Friday, August 5, 8:30 a.m.

Learn from a pilot and crew member what it takes to become a part of this elite team and get tips on how to succeed in all walks of life from these inspiring professionals. The program includes an exciting video of the Blue Angels in action and a question-and-answer session. The program is intended for youth ages 10–18. Admission to the program is free, but does not include admission to the Museum galleries.

The Sweetheart of the A.E.F. Amazing Skies Theater Vignette

Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

During World War I, the United States sent variety shows to Europe to entertain the troops under the auspices of the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.). In 1917, Elsie Janis, a young Broadway singer and starlet, traveled to London to perform American musical hits and patriotic tunes such as “Over There” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Years later, she recalls it as “the best time ever.” Performed in the World War I gallery of the Museum’s Personal Courage Wing, the twenty-minute musical is free with Museum admission.

Aces over the Pacific Panel Discussion

Saturday, August 13, 2 p.m.

The summer of 1945 was a long one for American aviators in the Pacific, as they swept the skies over the Philippines, supported the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and attacked the Japanese mainland. But their sacrifices led to VJ Day, and the Museum celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II with a panel discussion featuring Pacific aces. Panelists will include: Col. Archie Donahue, USMCR (Ret.), who earned most of his fourteen confirmed victories at the controls of the F4U Corsair; former Naval Reserve Lt. Bruce W. Williams, who flew F4F Wildcats and F6F Hellcats off the USS Lexington with VF-19; and former Navy reservist, Lt. (j.g.) John T. “Mike” Wolf, who was a “Ripper” of VF-2 who flew F6F Hellcats off the USS Hornet. The speakers will be available to sign autographs after the session. Panel discussion is free with Museum admission.

Wells Fargo Weekend Family Workshop Parachuting Fire Fighters!

Saturdays and Sundays, August 20, 21, 27 and 28, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Is it crazy to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and into a blazing inferno? These people don’t think so. Hear the amazing story of the smokejumpers — heroic firefighters who risk their lives in the air and on the ground to protect our forests. Learn all about these brave men and women and then make your own fire-jumping parachute to take home! Weekend Family Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.

FAA Flight Safety Seminar

Thursday, August 25, 7 p.m.

Presented by the FAA's Seattle Flight Standards District Office, this series features notable authorities on a wide range of safety-related topics of interest to general aviation pilots and enthusiasts alike. Attendance counts toward the requirements of the FAA's Pilot Proficiency Awards (WINGS) Program. Admission to the seminar is free; Museum galleries are closed.

Antique & Classic Fly-In

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Journey back in time to aviation’s Golden Age as you peruse approximately twenty, lovingly restored pre-1945 aircraft visiting the Museum. Likely attendees include a 1928 Travel Air E-4000, a 1935 Waco UKC-S, a 1938 Fleet 16B Finch Mk.II, a 1941 de Havilland D.H.82c Tiger Moth, and a 1944 Boeing N2S-4 Kaydet, among many others. Don’t miss this chance to see the jewels of aviation’s past in action and to meet the pilot/owners who dedicate their time and

fortunes to preserving these fragile artifacts. The fly-in is co-sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, B.C. Outdoor event is free.

The Miss Veedol Story Presentation

Saturday, August 27, 2 p.m.

Also flying in for the Antique & Classic Fly-In, will be The Spirit of Wenatchee, an authentic reproduction of the 1931 airplane in which Washington barnstormers Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr., made the first non-stop crossing of the Pacific. Representatives of the Spirit of Wenatchee Project will give a talk and slide show on Pangborn and Herndon’s epic flight — which amazingly was not duplicated until after World War II. The presentation will also cover the all-volunteer project that reproduced Miss Veedol and plans to replicate the transpacific crossing in 2006. Presentation is free with Museum admission.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org on the Web.

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Eden Hopkins at 206-768-7105, or via ehopkins@museumofflight.org.


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