Media contact: Eden Hopkins

Marketing Communications Specialist



WHAT: Interview Opportunity

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. airspace system was shut down for the first time in history. Local private pilot Molly Peebles conceived of a project called Flight Across America—a grassroots celebration of the freedom of flight and a memorial to the victims of 9/11. Peebles’ vision blossomed into a national movement supported by hundreds of pilots and aviation organizations. Flight Across America started at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on August 11 and culminated in an emotional ceremony in New York City on Sunday, September 8. In her cross-country journey to honor the 9/11 victims she sought to “re-unite our country using aviation to heal.” More than 5,000 individual flights were registered during the event. Fifty-one designated state flag-bearer pilots joined her on the culminating New York City Honor Flight. At the Museum, hear firsthand the uplifting story of what aviation gave to one Washington state woman and what she, in turn, gave to aviation and the world.

WHERE: The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way S.

Seattle, WA 98108

Exit 158 off Interstate 5


WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2002

Presentation 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

MORE: Molly Peebles is available for media interviews prior to or after the presentation by appointment, or for phone interviews during the week. Please contact Eden Hopkins at 206-768-7105 or to request an interview or to have an electronic image of Molly Peebles sent.