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Museum of Flight Dec. 11 Lecture Profiles Aviation Icon Kelly Johnson

Boeing Engineer Bob Bogash delivers Honeywell Explorer Lecture

The Dec. 11 Museum of Flight Honeywell Explorer Lecture features retired Boeing Company engineer Bob Bogash presenting the story of Kelly Johnson, one of the most influential aeronautical engineers in aviation history.

The program profiles the Lockheed manager and engineer who was involved in the design of dozens of important aircraft included the Model 10 Electra, P-38 Lightning, P-80 Shooting Star, F-104 Starfighter, SR-71 Blackbird and the Constellation airliner. Johnson was also instrumental in the operation of Lockheed’s legendary division of advanced projects, the so-called Skunkworks, where he helped develop the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the Museum.
Visitors to the Museum can see many examples of Johnson’s designs, including the Blackbird, Lightning, Starfighter and Constellation. Johnson’s personal corporate aircraft, the Lockheed Jetstar prototype, can be seen at the Museum’s Restoration Center at Paine Field in Everett.

Image: One of Kelly Johnson’s most famous projects, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. USAF photo/Judson Brohmer.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 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

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