Media contact: Eden Hopkins

Marketing Communications Coordinator

206-768-7105

ehopkins@museumofflight.org

Flying Legends: The Photography of John Dibbs Exhibition

Through Monday, July 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

In his first-ever public exhibition, British-born and Seattle-based aviation photographer John Dibbs reveals the stunning eye for angle, color, shadow and light that has made his air-to-air work a fixture on aviation magazine covers for more than a decade. One of the few full-time, professional air-to-air photographers in the world, Dibbs has flown more than 800 air-to-air photography sorties in more than 120 different aircraft types and authored ten books, including the Flying Legends series. The exhibit will showcase Dibbs’ favorite air-to-air images of historic warplanes, including some never-before-seen photographs. A separate section will also highlight Dibbs’ breathtaking Concorde imagery. Exhibit is free with Museum admission.

Banned Booty Art Exhibition

Through Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Contemporary art meets homeland security in a new exhibition opening at the Museum. In Banned Booty, artist Steve Maloney presents an exuberant exploration of the state of travel and insecurity since 9/11. The twelve pieces in the show—including mixed-media hanging works, a three-dimensional sculpture and a piece of digital video art—all make use of the 270 pounds of confiscated items Maloney purchased from the Transportation Security Administration at six Southern California airports. From common culprits like Swiss Army knives and knitting needles to less likely contraband such as a meat thermometer and a doctor’s reflex hammer, the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., artist incorporates the whole range of items that are deemed to constitute threats to airline security in the post-9/11 world into vivid, thought-provoking works of modern art. Exhibit is free with Museum admission

EAA’s B-17G Flying Fortress Fly-In

Wednesday–Monday, June 2–7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Museum welcomes back Aluminum Overcast, the B-17G Flying Fortress owned and operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wis. After its arrival on the morning of June 2nd, the bomber will make some media flights before retiring for some scheduled maintenance on the 3rd. But beginning June 4th, Museum visitors can tour or even fly aboard this historic aircraft. For more information, including updated arrival and departure times, call the Museum’s Aluminum Overcast info line at 206-764-5720, ext. 217. For flight reservations, call 800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org on the Web. Flight experiences are $395, and ground tours are $6 per adult and $10 per family. World War II veterans tour free.

Super Soaring Space Toys! Family Fun Workshop

Saturdays and Sundays, June 5, 12 and 13, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

It's a bird, it's a rocket... it's a space toy! Tour our space artifacts, see some incredible flying machines and learn how they fly. Rocket away with an amazing flying space 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.

Personal Courage Wing Permanent Wing Opens

Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

An 88,000-sq.-ft. addition to The Museum of Flight opening June 6, 2004—the 60th anniversary of D-Day—the Personal Courage Wing highlights the stories of heroism, determination, innovation and sacrifice of those involved in fighter aviation in World War I and World War II. It presents the history, aircraft, and memorabilia behind these human stories through interactive displays and exhibits, flight simulators, live theater and multimedia presentations. The Personal Courage Wing showcases 28 beautifully restored or replicated World War I and II fighter planes in two main galleries, including one of the finest collections of fighters in the world, the internationally renowned Champlin Fighter Collection. Wing admission is free with Museum admission.

Personal Courage Wing Grand Opening Ceremony

Sunday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.

On the 60th anniversary of D-Day, visitors are invited to join Museum officials and other dignitaries for an official ceremony honoring military aviation heroes and the donors who made the Personal Courage Wing possible. Members of the American Fighter Aces, the American Volunteer Group and the Tuskegee Airmen will be in attendance, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, USA (Ret.), will deliver the keynote address. Ceremony is free with Museum admission.

Button Up! Family Fun Workshop

Sunday, June 6, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

From barnstormers to astronauts, those who have taken to the sky have always been taken with patches, patches and emblems on their flight gear. Come and learn all about these high-flying fashion accessories and then design and create your own aviation-themed button. This program will have a special emphasis on the famed squadrons of World War I and World War II. The workshop is made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are every Saturday and Sunday and are free with Museum admission.

Fire Department Day

Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Fire departments from all over the county share their coolest trucks and gear with kids of all ages at the annual safety showcase sponsored by the King County Fire & Life Safety Association. Get a bike helmet custom-fitted to your child, learn vital safety information and meet some of the lifesaving heroes who work to keep us safe every day. Outdoor event is free.

Pitch, Yaw and Roll! Family Fun Workshop

Saturdays and Sundays, June 19, 26 and 27, 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! The workshop is made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.

Father’s Day at The Museum of Flight

Sunday, June 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Museum of Flight is the place to take Dad for a full day of special family activities—because after all, Dad wants Mom and the kids to have fun, too! Stop by your neighborhood Bartell Drug store starting in early June to pick up the special coupon for Dad’s free admission. Special Father’s Day Family Fun Workshops will be offered throughout the day. Event is free with Museum admission.

Father’s Day Specials! Family Fun Workshops

Sunday, June 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

On Father’s Day, bring Dad to the Museum for free admission and build him one of the “sweetest” birds in our collection, the edible Wible Plane—an aircraft you have to see and taste to believe. Then, help Dad recapture his youth with some old-fashioned paper airplane-building fun! Together, you can make our Delta Wing Super Flyer, Amazing Flying Ring and other great flying gliders. Special thanks to Wings Aloft for once again providing the edible airplane-building supplies. The workshops are made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday. On June 20, dads get in free with a special event coupon from a neighborhood Bartell Drugs store.

FAA Flight Safety Seminar

Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Presented by the FAA's Seattle Flight Standards District Office, this series features notable authorities on a wide range of safety-related topics of interest to general aviation pilots and enthusiasts alike. Attendance counts toward the requirements of the FAA's Pilot Proficiency Awards (WINGS) Program. Admission to the seminar is free; Museum galleries are closed. Admission to the seminar is free; Museum galleries are closed.

Imagination Takes Wing: A Quilt Exhibition

Saturday, June 26–Sunday, October 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Imagination Takes Wing, a juried exhibition of art quilts, opens in the Great Gallery near the Boeing 80A airliner. The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA), will feature approximately twenty-four art quilts designed and made by CQA members; twelve will be on display through mid-August, and another twelve will be exhibited through October 3. The idea for Imagination Takes Wing came from Audree DeAngeles, a member of both the Museum and CQA. DeAngeles states, "I liked the idea of having a soft, fiber show in a museum with many hard surfaces.” Exhibition display is free with Museum admission. Many of the quilts will be for sale.

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.

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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