FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Eden Hopkins/Bill Hayes

206-768-7105/764-5703

ehopkins@museumofflight.org

bhayes@museumofflight.org

WHAT:

Weekend patriotic programs featuring military aircraft fly-ins and displays; a Memorial Day ceremony; themed family and youth workshops; Fort Lewis color guard; Boeing Employees’Concert Band; and Flying Tiger artifacts, memorabilia signings, and panel discussion.

See WWII-era adversaries the Curtiss P-40 and a replica of the Japanese Zero to commemorate the 60th Annual Reunion of the American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers;” the Museum’s B-29 Superfortress; and modern military F-15, F-18, and T-38 jets.

In honor of their courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country, the City of Tukwila will provide Museum of Flight admission for U.S. veterans on Memorial Day, May 28th.

WHERE:

Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila, Washington

WHEN:

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 26 to 28, 2001

Saturday, May 26 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Visiting Vintage and Modern Military Aircraft” displayed in East Parking Lot 11:00 a.m.

“Curtiss P-40 Fighter Fly-in” (weather permitting)

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

“Flying Tiger Signing” of books, posters, memorabilia, and Roy Grinnell prints

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“Flying Tiger Panel Discussion” with 15 surviving pilots and support personnel, moderated by Col. Ward Boyce, USAF (Ret.) Seating is first-come, first-served.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

“Flying Tiger Signing” of books, posters, memorabilia, and Roy Grinnell prints

Due to the anticipated popularity of the signings, visitors will be limited to one autograph per Flying Tiger.

Sunday, May 27

“WWII Aircraft and Modern Military Jets” and “Flying Tiger Artifacts” on display

Monday, May 28

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “Authentic Gear from Yesteryear” and “Aircraft Rubber Stamping Contest” youth workshops

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “B-29 Superfortress” Tours

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “Visiting Vintage and Modern Military Aircraft” displayed in East Parking Lot

10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.“Evolution of the Fighter Tours”

11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Wings’ Café Barbecue” outside in the sunshine

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Boeing Employees’ Concert Band” perform patriotic musical favorites

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Memorial Day Ceremony” keynote address by Flying Tiger pilots Chuck Older and Dick Rossi

TUKWILA, WASHINGTON: Surviving members of the American Volunteer Group—the legendary “Flying Tigers” of WWII—will highlight the Museum of Flight’s third annual Memorial Day Salute to America’s Armed Forces from May 26 to 28, 2001. General Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers defended China and the strategic Burma Road against the Japanese invasion in the early months of the war. The Museum’s three-day holiday weekend will feature aircraft fly-ins and static displays, a Memorial Day ceremony, a Flying Tiger panel discussion, memorabilia signings, patriotic music, color guard, fun and educational youth workshops, and special tours of significant military aircraft.

The Museum of Flight, at 9404 East Marginal Way South in Tukwila, is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 9:00 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors ages 65 and older, $5 youths ages 5 to 17, and free for children ages 4 and under and Museum members. Thanks to Wells Fargo, visitors are admitted free on the first Thursday of every month, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please call the Museum of Flight at 206-764-5720 for general information.

http://www.museumofflight.org