TUKWILA, WASH., May 2, 2002 — The Museum of Flight will honor the Doolittle Raiders through three days of special programs during Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 24, Sunday May 25, and Monday, May 26, 2003.
The Doolittle Raiders are a group of Army Air Corps flyers who in April 1942 under the command of Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle launched a daring air strike at the heart of Japan in the first U.S. offensive action of World War II.
The focal point of the weekend will include The Museum of Flight’s salute to the Doolittle Raiders. Members including Edward Saylor, a resident of Puyallup, Wash.; Frank Kappeler; Chase Nielsen; and David Thatcher will be present throughout the weekend to participate in the events.
The weekend’s activities will include special panel discussions, author presentations, tours, book and autograph signings, hands-on Family Fun Workshops, music, and a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26. Museum admission is complimentary on Memorial Day Monday, May 26, to veterans and current U.S. military personnel. For more information call The Museum of Flight at (206) 764-5720 or visit the Web site at www.museumofflight.org.
The Museum’s Memorial Day Weekend programs are sponsored by the City of Tukwila. A complete schedule of events begins on the following page.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 135 historically significant air and spacecraft, including America’s first presidential jet, presented among detailed exhibits that allow visitors to experience personal stories of aviation and space-flight. The Museum also contains the Red Barn, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co. as well as one of
the largest aeronautical libraries and archival holdings on the West Coast. Also featured at The Museum are virtual reality simulators, interactive exhibits and hands-on youth areas and programs. The Museum of Flight is one of only nine museums in Washington that are fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Museum of Flight is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Thursday of every month until 9 p.m.
THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• Button Up! Family Fun Workshop:Learn about badges, emblems, and in-flight gear and create your own aviation theme button. Saturday: 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.Sunday: 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
• The B-25 Bomber “Super Rabbit” on Display:The restored North American B-25 Mitchell bomber known as “Super Rabbit” will visit the Museum. Viewing Times:Saturday – Monday: 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
• Presentation by Author Craig Nelson:Nelson will discuss his new book, The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid—America’s First World War II Victory. Saturday: 1 – 2 p.m.Sunday: 1 – 2 p.m.
• Doolittle Raider Panel Discussion:Acclaimed documentary filmmaker David Hoffman, director of Jimmy Doolittle: An American Hero, will moderate a panel discussion among Doolittle Raider veterans. Saturday: 2 –3 p.m.
• Book and Autograph Signing Session:Meet the Doolittle Raiders, documentary filmmaker David Hoffman, and author Craig Nelson Saturday: 4 – 5 p.m.Sunday: 4 – 5 p.m.
• When We Were Kids…We Went to War: A Special Youth Program with U.S. Veterans:Includes a video and wuestion and answer session with the Doolittle Raiders and other veterans Sunday: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
• Doolittle Raiders Dinner:Enjoy dinner and music with the Doolittle Raiders; tickets are available for $65 each. Sunday: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
• Evolution of the Fighter Tours:Join a Museum docent on a tour of fighter aircraft development from the 1914 Caproni Ca 20 through the supersonic jets of today. Monday: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Patriotic Favorites by the Boeing Employees Concert Band Monday: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
• Memorial Day Ceremony:Join local dignitaries and the Doolittle Raiders in a ceremony of gratitude and remembrance. Monday: 2 – 3 p.m.
Note: Memorial Day Weekend activities are complimentary with Museum admission unless specified otherwise.