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SEATTLE, 100 Years of Flight Through a Child’s Eyes Exhibit
Friday, February 4–Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Museum showcases air show posters that are winning entries from across Washington state in the 2005 FAI Young Artists Contest. Sponsored internationally by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the annual contest is sponsored here in Washington by the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division. Entries were judged by members of the Washington State Arts Commission in three age groups: 6–9, 10–13 and 14–17. The top three state winners in each category will participate in the national competition, and the national winners and runners-up in each age group will then be forwarded to FAI headquarters for international judging. The Museum will display facsimiles of the statewide winners’ artwork, as well as honorable-mention pieces from all three age groups. Exhibition is free with Museum admission
Fabulous Flying Toys! Family Fun Workshop
Saturdays and Sundays, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 26 and 27, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Long before there were airplanes, kids everywhere were sending flying toys zooming through the air. Come see some crazy flying gizmos and learn how they fly. Zoom away with an amazing flying toy you make yourself! The workshop is made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
The Tuskegee Experience Luncheon, Panel Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, February 5, 12 noon–4:30 p.m.
The Museum celebrates Black History Month with an annual program dedicated to the valor of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. The Army called it the “Tuskegee Experiment,” a name reflective of widespread skepticism of the prospects of successfully training America’s first African-American military pilots. But the pilot candidates who assembled at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute in 1941—as well as the all-black personnel who supported their efforts—were made of braver, more dedicated stuff than the racist critics could ever have imagined, and the story of the so-called Tuskegee Airmen is one of the proudest in all of American military aviation history. This year’s event features special guests William Broadwater and Ira O’Neal, Jr. At 2 p.m., in a public presentation, Broadwater and Ira O’Neal, Jr. will share unique insights from their experiences during and after Tuskegee, as well as answering questions from the audience and signing autographs and copies of Tuskegee Airmen books. Several other members of the Tuskegee Airmen are also expected to be present. Visitors can spend more time with these American heroes at a luncheon with members of the Sam Bruce Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at 12 noon. The luncheon cost is $30 per person. Luncheon seating is limited and advance reservations are required; please call 206-768-7166. The panel discussion is free with Museum admission.
Hops & Props: An Elegant Microbrew Tasting Experience
Saturday, February 12, 7–10 p.m.
Thirty-five craft breweries from throughout the West will come to the Museum to share their specialties in this third annual event. Come and sample the finest examples of the brewer’s art while learning more about beer than ever thought possible from the expert brewmasters on hand. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Catering by McCormick and Schmick’s. Guest entry will include music by Seattle band BD & the Rockits, unlimited tasting, food, a commemorative tasting glass, a tasting guide and access to the Museum galleries. A VIP experience will be provided with early admission, reserved parking and a private tasting of specialty brews conducted by a master brewer—space is limited. All attendees must be 21 years of age. Identification in the form of a valid photo ID will be required for entry. Tickets are available from TicketWeb at 866-468-7623 or www.ticketweb.com, or can be purchased at the Museum Store. General event tickets are $50 per person; VIP experience tickets are $75 per person.
Northwest Scale Modelers Show: The Epic of Flight in Miniature
Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Returning to a two-day format to give even more people the chance to marvel, the talented craftsmen of the Northwest Scale Modelers (NWSM) present a model show highlighting the grand eras and epochs of aviation history. Other types of models, including cars, ships, figures and sci-fi subjects, will also be on display to showcase the scope, artistry and craftsmanship of scale modeling. NWSM members will be on-hand all weekend working on projects and will gladly answer questions about this challenging and rewarding hobby. On Saturday only, kids can build a scale model aircraft to take home 12–3 p.m. Thanks once again to the generous sponsorship of Galaxy Hobby of Lynnwood, Wash., kids can build their own free snap-together model kits, while learning tips and techniques from the experts. Workshop is recommended for children eight years old and up. Each participating child should bring an adult helper. Distribution of the kits is on a first-come, first-served basis, and quantities are limited. Show and workshop are free with Museum admission.
Imagine That! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
For as long as people have been looking at the night sky they have wanted to travel to the stars. The desire to explore new universes and seek out new planets has gripped people’s imaginations for centuries. Get the scoop on some of the imaginative designs for space these fantastic spaceships. The workshop is made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
Around the World by Piper Cub Multimedia Presentation
Tuesday, February 22, 6 p.m.
The Seattle Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society launches its 2005 occasional lecture series with a talk by Bob and Dianne Dempster. Known locally as “Around-the-World Bob”
Bob and Dianne Dempster will talk about their amazing journey in their yellow Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub. Over the course of three years following their official July 1994 departure from The
Museum of Flight, Bob and Dianne flew eastbound from Seattle all the way to Japan before ultimately having to abandon their circumnavigational goal due to Russia’s refusal to grant overflight privileges. But just because the Cub returned to Seattle in a shipping container doesn’t mean the scale of the adventures and challenges the Dempsters faced were any less than global, and through Bob’s words and slides, you can relive the epic journey yourself!
The lecture is free of charge; Museum galleries will be 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 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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