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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.
Battle Hymn Centennial of Flight Film
Thursday, July 3, 7:00 p.m.
Korean War P-51 Mustang pilot Bob Drew will introduce the thought-provoking film Battle Hymn (1957) at the Museum. Rock Hudson stars as the complicated Col. Dean Hess, a World War II Mustang pilot turned minister who re-enlists to serve in Korea, where his faith and his flying skills are both tested. A P-51 fighter aircraft will be on static display on the Museum Ramp prior to the showing. Battle Hymn is not rated. Museum admission is free 5:00–9:00 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo; film admission is $5 per person.
Independence Day at The Museum of Flight Community Celebration
Friday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Come together with your neighbors to show your true patriotic colors at Independence Day at The Museum of Flight—our red, white and blue family extravaganza. Outside, enjoy the visiting P-51 Mustang fly-in, special tours of the Museum’s B-29 bomber and a picnic in the shade of Air Force One. Inside, check out a special Family Fun Workshop, a kids’ aircraft stamping contest and more. It will be a full day of family fun, and there’s plenty of time to get to the fireworks afterwards! Event is free with Museum admission.
Mustang Roundup Aircraft Fly-in and Vintage Car Display
Friday, July 4–Sunday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Salute the awe-inspiring North American P-51 Mustang over three days of excitement in the air and on the ground. Heralded as the best all-around fighter plane of World War II, the P-51 is credited with helping turn the tide of the war in Europe and the Pacific. Come out and see, hear and experience the mighty P-51 up close. Flights in the P-51 American Beauty are available for a tax-deductible donation of $600. First-come, first served. Classic Ford Mustangs will also be on exhibit. Outdoor display is free.
Rockets’ Red Glare! Family Fun Workshop
Friday, July 4, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Did you know that rockets have been around for about 2,000 years? Come to the Museum, learn the history and science of rockets, and then make your own special Independence Day-themed Alka-Seltzer-powered rocket! Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission.
Pitch, Yaw and Roll! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
No, we won't teach you steps to the latest dance craze, but you will discover how airplanes maneuver through the air! Build your own paper airplane, complete with control surfaces. During test flights, set the controls to make your glider pitch, yaw and roll! Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
7th Fighter Command Panel Discussion
Saturday, July 5, 2:00 p.m.
The Museum presents an outstanding panel of veteran pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force’s 7th Fighter Command (FC) of World War II. Active in the Pacific war from Pearl Harbor through the end of hostilities in 1945, the 7th FC pilots—known as the “Sunsetters”—are perhaps best known for their astounding Very Long Range B-29 escort missions to the Japanese home islands from Iwo Jima. The panel, which will be moderated by 7th Fighter Command Assoc. historian Mark Stevens, will share incredible stories of bravery and sacrifice. Presentation is free with Museum admission.
Flight to Mars and Spaceways Space Toys Double-Feature Film Festival
Sunday, July 6, 12:00 Noon
Complementing the Space Toys exhibition will be a classic 1950s space sci-fi double feature in the Museum’s theater every Sunday through July 27. In Flight to Mars (1951), the other-worldly hues of Cinecolor reveal a sinister plot among the seemingly benign Martians. In Spaceways (1953), Howard Duff, Eva Bartok and Peter Cushing star in a British sci-fi “whodunnit.” The movies are free with Museum admission.
Fantastic Female Firsts! Family Fun Workshop
Saturdays and Sundays, July 12, 13, 19 and 20, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Learn about some incredible, pioneering women pilots and astronauts. These people refused to take “no” for an answer and overcame vast obstacles to accomplish their dreams and take to the skies. After hearing these inspirational stories, you can make a flying toy as a tribute to these trailblazing aviators! Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
McChord Air Expo Gray Line Airshow Excursion
Sunday, July 13, Bus departs at 11:00 a.m., returns at 6:00 p.m.
The Museum of Flight and Gray Line of Seattle have put together an excursion to the annual Air Expo at McChord AFB in Lakewood, Wash. The stars of the show this year are once again the stunning U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, but a wide variety of other well known military
and civilian aerial acts and static display aircraft make for a great afternoon of family entertainment. The excursion price is $29. 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.
Kronos and First Spaceship on Venus Space Toys Double-Feature Film Festival
Sunday, July 13, 12:00 Noon
Complementing the Space Toys exhibition will be a classic 1950s space sci-fi double feature in the Museum’s theater every Sunday through July 27. Directed by Kurt Neumann, Kronos (1957) is an industrial take on UFO invasion that features a skyscraper-sized robot stealing Earth’s energy. In First Spaceship on Venus (1959), scientists encounter metal bugs and mysterious alien ruins in a German anti-war parable. The movies are free with Museum admission.
Project Moonbase and Missile to the Moon Space Toys Double-Feature Film Festival
Sunday, July 20, 12:00 Noon
Complementing the Space Toys exhibition will be a classic 1950s space sci-fi double feature in the Museum’s theater every Sunday through July 27. Project Moonbase (1953) is an eerie Cold War-era epic that depicts an orbital space station and astronauts stranded on the Moon. Missile to the Moon (1959) is spectacular camp at its classic worst with cardboard sets, giant spiders and moon maidens! The movies are free with Museum admission.
We Have Capture Multimedia Presentation and Book Signing by Astronaut Tom Stafford
Sunday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.
Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford, USAF (Ret.), visits the Museum to share his experiences from more than forty years of involvement with the U.S. space program. A member of the second astronaut cadre recruited by NASA in 1962 and a veteran of four space flights, including the historic 1975 U.S.-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission, Stafford remains intimately involved with the current International Space Station program in an advisory capacity. At the Museum, he will give a multimedia presentation on his diverse experiences and, following his talk, will sign copies of his new book, We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race. Presentation is free with Museum admission.
FAA Flight Safety Seminar
Thursday, July 24, 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; the Museum galleries are closed.
Happy Birthday Boeing Field! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Did you know that Boeing Field/King County International Airport—home of The Museum of Flight—is 75 years old?! It has been around since the early days of aviation and is still going strong today. Learn about the history and design of Boeing Field, and then become an airport architect as you make your own model of this unique airfield. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Space Patrol Space Toys Double-Feature Film Festival
Sunday, July 27, 12:00 Noon
Complementing the Space Toys exhibition will be a classic 1950s space sci-fi double feature in the Museum’s theater every Sunday through July 27. Join the conquest of space with episodes of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–‘55). The Golden Age of live television dramatizes space adventures with episodes of Space Patrol (1950–’55). The showing is free with Museum admission.
Blue Angels at The Museum of Flight
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.