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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
Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
It used to be called “Trainer Day,” but the variety of restored warplanes that the Cascade Warbirds fly to the Museum for this annual spring event has long exceeded that description. There will be trainers, to be sure—North American AT-6s and T-28s, de Havilland Chipmunks, Chinese Nanchang CJ-6s and Soviet Yak-52s are among likely attendees. But visitors will also see a variety of other types representing several nations’ armed forces from World War II through the Vietnam conflict and will meet the pilot/owners who keep these veteran machines in the air. From fifteen to twenty beautifully restored warbirds typically fly in to the Museum for this show. Outdoor event is free of charge.
Rocket Power! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday–Sunday, May 15–16, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
What came first the rocket or the plane? Would you believe that rockets were being used in China more than 2,000 years ago? Join our workshop and you, too, can discover the ancient secrets of rocket science! Apply your learning as we help you build and launch your own fast flying Alka-Seltzer-powered rocket. The workshop is made possible by the generosity of Puget Sound Energy. Family Fun Workshops are free with Museum admission every Saturday and Sunday.
Special Ops Multimedia Presentation by Richard Sell
Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m.
The American Air Heroes Speaker Series continues with a presentation by Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Richard Sell. As an Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot, Capt. Sell volunteered in 1966 for a top-secret deployment to Southeast Asia with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam–Studies and Observation Group, or MACV–SOG. The euphemistically named organization was actually a clandestine, multi-service special operations unit, comprised of a variety of air, ground and maritime assets and tasked with a wide range of secret missions, usually deep inside enemy territory and always dangerous. Sell and his eleven-man crew were all awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a unique and dangerous night-time mission over North Vietnam, which is the topic of his Museum presentation. The American Air Heroes Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Northwest Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Presentation is free with Museum admission.
Dreamliner Progress and Prospects Multimedia Presentation by Thomas Cogan
Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m.
Thomas Cogan, chief project engineer for Boeing’s new 7E7 Dreamliner, delivers a lecture in the occasional series sponsored by the Seattle Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Designed to carry between up to 300 passengers over moderately to very long-range routes, the largely composite 7E7 will be Boeing’s first new airliner of the twenty-first century. Promising new levels of operational efficiency, environmental friendliness and passenger amenities, Boeing is counting on the Washington-built Dreamliner to find favor with major airlines around the world and to reverse declines in its market share relative to European rival Airbus. Cogan’s presentation will outline recent progress on the 7E7 program and discuss the challenges ahead. Presentation is free; Museum galleries are closed.
Button Up! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday–Sunday, May 22–23, 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.
To Boldly Go Multimedia Presentation by Dr. Ron Hobbs
Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Approaching the mid-point of the most exciting year in the history of planetary exploration, Dr. Ron Hobbs has much to report in his next periodic talk as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will have completed their primary missions and will presumably be well into long and productive extended missions. While we don’t yet have the dust of Comet Wild 2 back on Earth, we do have pictures and science from the flyby of the Stardust probe. Meanwhile, the Cassini
spacecraft is quickly approaching Saturn and is already sending home incredible images of the ringed planet and its moons. Share the latest findings of these amazing missions and preview the coming Rosetta, MESSENGER and Deep Impact missions through Dr. Hobbs’ multimedia presentation. Presentation is free with Museum admission.
FAA Flight Safety Seminar
Thursday, May 27, 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.
Super Soaring Space Toys! Family Fun Workshop
Saturday–Sunday, May 29–30, 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.
Memorial Day Weekend Panel Discussion with D-Day Flyers
Saturday–Sunday, May 29–30, 2 p.m.
The Museum continues its tradition of honoring World War II veterans through three days of special programs over Memorial Day Weekend. This year, with the Personal Courage Wing opening one week after Memorial Day on the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, the Museum spotlights the flyers who supported the invasion of Europe in a variety of roles. Panels of D-Day flyers will share their experiences and take questions from the audience. Speakers will include B-17 pilot Ike Alhadeff, B-17 pilot Keith Anderson, B-17 ball-turret gunner Walter Bergstrom, B-26 bombardier/navigator Kenneth Brown, B-17 ball-turret gunner Vaughn Erickson, P-51 pilot Kelly Gross, P-47 pilot Ralph Jenkins and P-38 pilot Stanley Richardson. Greg Pierce of the 8th Air Force Historical Society will moderate both panels. The Memorial Day Weekend event is sponsored by the City of Tukwila. For more details visit www.museumofflight.org. Presentations are free with Museum admission.
Marauder Man Author Presentation and Book Signing
Sunday, May 30, 1 p.m.
During Memorial Day Weekend, Kenneth Brown, author of Marauder Man: The Story of the Bomber that Made D-Day Possible (I Books, 2004), will discuss the contribution of the Martin
B-26 Marauder medium bomber and its brave crews to the Allied success on D-Day. Presentation is free with Museum admission.
Boeing Employees Concert Band Memorial Day Performance
Monday, May 31, 12 noon
The Boeing Employees Concert Band will play a program of patriotic favorites in honor of America's military heroes. Concert is free with Museum admission. On May 31, admission is free for veterans and current U.S. military personnel.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 31, 1 p.m.
With the support of the City of Tukwila, the Museum honors World War II veterans with a formal Memorial Day ceremony featuring remarks by D-Day veteran Walter Bergstrom and a special memorial recognition of Washingtonians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ceremony is free with Museum admission. On May 31, admission is free for veterans and current U.S. military personnel.
The Longest Day Memorial Day Film
Monday, May 31, 2:30 p.m.
The Memorial Day event will culminate with a showing in the William M. Allen Theater of the classic D-Day film, The Longest Day. With an all-star cast including Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne and many more, The Longest Day is rated G. Film is free with Museum admission. On May 31, admission is free for veterans and current U.S. military personnel.
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 $11 for adults, $10 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.