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Space Toys: 130 Years of Imagination Exhibition

Through September 7, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Space Toys explores more than 130 years’ worth of space fantasy as expressed in more than 1,200 toys, models, games, publications and collectibles. From Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon through Tom Corbett and Space Patrol to Star Trek® and Star Wars®, society’s evolving vision of space is revealed through artifacts familiar and unexpected. Also on display are clips from classic science fiction films and television series from 1902 through 1960, as well as a replica of Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer™ from the movie Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. The highly detailed, 46-ft.-long replica Podracer was fabricated by Nintendo of America, Inc.® and donated to the Museum. Interactive stations throughout the exhibit provide visitors hands-on opportunities to explore the Space Toys “space.” Exhibit is free with Museum admission.

Blue Angels at The Museum of Flight Aircraft Fly-in

Thursday, July 31–Sunday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The fabulous U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to Seattle for the KeyBank Air Show at SEAFAIR, and the Museum is once again proud to be their headquarters! The Museum is the place to be to view the precise pre-flight walkdowns, feel the thrilling formation takeoffs and landings and meet the Navy’s finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances. Enjoy a full schedule of special Blue Angels-related programs and events, including author presentations, visiting aircraft and music. For more information, visit www.museumofflight.org, or call 206-764-5730, ext. 303. Events are free with Museum admission. Outdoor display is free.

Blue Angels Mania! Family Fun Workshop

Friday, August 1 and Saturdays and Sundays, August 2, 3, 9 and 10, 12:00 noon–3:00 p.m.

We've got the blues . . . but we're thrilled about it! The spectacular Blue Angels are visiting Seattle and The Museum of Flight. In celebration, stop by to make fabulous Blues souvenirs. Create your very own stickers, postcards and other mementos to keep or give away to your friends! Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.

Top Gun Centennial of Flight Film

Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.

Whether you think the main star of this 1986 classic is Tom Cruise or the mighty Grumman F-14 Tomcat, there’s no disputing that the movie contains some of the best jet-age aerial sequences ever filmed. Those who feel “a need for speed” won’t want to miss the showing of Top Gun. Actor Tom Skerritt, Top Gun honcho “Viper” will introduce the film and the Museum’s F-14 cockpit will be open for your inspection prior to the showing! Top Gun is rated PG. Museum admission is free 5:00–9:00 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo; film admission is $5 per person.

Abbotsford International Airshow Gray Line Airshow Excursion

Saturday, August 9, Departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels share top billing at the 2003 Abbotsford International Airshow in Abbotsford, B.C., and Gray Line of Seattle takes you there in style! Other attractions include the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight—an F-15 Eagle/P-51 Mustang formation—and top civilian performers like Julie Clark, Bud Granley and Eddie Andreini. The tour price of $65 includes show admission and reserved runway seating, not to mention hassle-free border crossing. Discounted Museum member and youth prices are available. For reservations, please call Gray Line of Seattle at 206-426-7505 or toll free at 800-426-7505.

Build Your Own Podracer! Family Fun Workshop

Saturdays and Sundays, August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

In the movie Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker built his winning Podracer out of parts salvaged from the junkyard. Now in our workshop you can build your

own Podracer model out of stuff you scavenge from our odd assortment of household materials! For inspiration, you'll first want to check out the 46-foot long replica of Anakin Skywalker's Podracer™ on display in the Space Toys exhibit! The highly detailed replica Podracer was fabricated and donated to the Museum by Nintendo of America, Inc.® Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.

First B-29 on Okinawa American Air Heroes Series Presentation by John Swihart

Saturday, August 17, 2:00 p.m.

Meet Distinguished Flying Cross recipient John Swihart. As a B-29 pilot with the 5th Bomb Squadron, 9th Bomb Group, in World War II, Swihart flew thirty-five combat missions from the island of Tinian in the Marianas group. On the way home from one such mission—a mine-laying attack on the Shimonoseki Straits near the Japanese home island of Kyushu—Swihart ended up putting his damaged Super Fortress down on a 5,000-foot dirt Marine Corps fighter strip on the contested island of Okinawa, becoming the first B-29 to land on the island. Hear this and other incredible tales of skill, bravery and plain good luck from one of the heroes of the Pacific war. The presentation is free with Museum admission.

The Birth of Aviation Exhibition

Saturday August 23, 2003–February 1, 2004, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Museum’s major new exhibition celebrates the first 100 years of powered, heavier-than-air flight and reveals how an American family changed the world. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the vibrant historical context in which Orville and Wilbur Wright made the dream of flight a reality and the reality an industry. They will meet the Wright brothers—and their unheralded sister Katherine—through the oral histories of those who knew them and through the never-before-displayed early documents of the Wright Co. They will explore the Wright’s technology through hands-on activities. And they will make their own “first flights” in Wright Flyer virtual-reality simulators. The Birth of Aviation will also provide visitors their first glimpse inside the Museum’s new Personal Courage Wing, which opens in full in June 2004. Exhibition is free with Museum admission.

EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk Traveling Exhibition

Saturday August 23–Monday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Complementing The Museum of Flight’s own Birth of Aviation exhibition, the Museum will display the traveling Experimental Aircraft Association exhibition, EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, as part of a six-stop national tour. The highly-interactive exhibit includes a full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that will replicate the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 2003. Exhibition is free with Museum admission.

Dawn over Kitty Hawk Multimedia Presentation and Book Signing by Walter Boyne

Saturday, August 23, 2:00 p.m.

Walter J. Boyne is an aviation Renaissance man. A retired career Air Force officer, he has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flying time in everything from Piper Cubs to B-1B bombers. Following his distinguished military career, Boyne took on a succession of increasingly responsible positions at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, culminating in a three-year stint as director from 1983 to 1986. Leaving the museum to focus on his writing, Boyne has authored more than forty books, mainly but not exclusively on aviation themes. He is one of only a handful of writers to have earned New York Times best-seller status for both fiction and non-fiction titles. Appropriately for his talk on the opening day of the Museum’s Birth of Aviation exhibition, Boyne’s latest book is Dawn over Kitty Hawk: A Novel of the Wright Brothers. He will sign copies of his books following his presentation. Lecture is free with Museum admission.

FAA Flight Safety Seminar

Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.

The FAA’s Seattle Flight Standards District Office continues its series of monthly Flight Safety Seminars. Of interest to general aviation pilots and enthusiasts alike, the series features notable authorities on a wide range of aviation safety topics. Attendance counts toward the requirements of the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Awards (WINGS) Program. Seminar is free. Museum galleries are closed.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $11:00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors 65 and older, $6.50 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 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org on the Web.

Please Note: Electronic images are available to the media upon request. Please contact

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

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