March-April Events at The Museum of Flight

MARCH EVENTS 
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, March 4, 5-9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late-for free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit and more from 5-9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
 
Special Event
WomenFly!
Friday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WomenFly! is The Museum of Flight’s annual aerospace career-based two-day event. On Friday, March 4, more than 100 young women ages 13 and up will participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of flight-related careers. Volunteering their time are over 30 women professionals: airport operators, pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in all disciplines. The day’s activities include tours of King County International Airport/Boeing Field, Museum education programs, simulated flights, aircraft tours, workshops, college/career fair, and networking with the panel. On Friday and Saturday is an international panel of women aerospace professionals sharing their exciting experiences.
 
Special Lecture
Women Fly! Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Women in aerospace professions share their experiences during this panel presentation.
 
Family Event
Soaring Expo 2011
Sat.-Sun., March 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Side Gallery
The member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council again present a glimpse into the fascinating world of silent flight at Soaring Expo 2011, held March 5-6 at The Museum of Flight. Full-size gliders and radio controlled gliders will be on display. Lectures, movies and presentations are offered all weekend. Representatives of local soaring and RC glider clubs will be on-hand to answer questions. Soaring Expo 2011 is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and free with admission to the Museum or Museum membership.
 
New Permanent Exhibit
Steve Fossett Perlan I Glider
March 5
The record-setting Perlan I glider takes its place with other historic aircraft in the Museum. The sailplane will be suspended from the ceiling of the Side Gallery; an exhibit about this unique aircraft and its pilot, adventurer Steve Fossett is coming soon.
 
Wearing NASA spacesuits and flying along the crest of the Andes of Argentina, pilot Steve Fossett and co-pilot Einar Enevoldson flew their Perlan I high performance research glider to a 50,671 feet on August 29, 2006. The previous record was set 20 years earlier in California. The two pilots had been trying to set the record for five years with attempts in New Zealand, USA and Argentina. The Perlan I sailplane is an extensively modified German-built DG-505 sport glider.
 
Family Program 
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop
Saturdays and Sundays
March 5, 6, 12 , 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
What kind of aircraft can soar high in the sky yet hardly make any noise?……a glider! Come on down to the Museum and get the scoop on these amazing aircraft and find out why this type of flying is called the ‘Silent Sport’, and then make your own high-flying paper glider.
 
Family Program
Magic Flying Carpet Storybook
Saturdays and Sundays
March 5, 6, 12 , 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; 10:30 a.m.
Beginning in March, the Magic Flying Carpet Storybook will precede the morning Weekend Family Workshop. Children and parents can sit on our magic carpet and listen to stories of flight from around the world. Stories will reflect the theme of the workshop for that weekend. Magic Flying Carpet Storybook will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m.
 
Lecture
“Stories of Aviation and Space” with Astronaut Hoot Gibson
Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Pilot and former astronaut Hoot Gibson will discuss his flying career from light planes and fighters to the space shuttle.
 
Lecture and Book Signing
“My Enemy, My Friend – A Story of Reconciliation from the Vietnam War” with Ret. United States Air Force Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry
Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
While serving as a U.S. Air Force pilot in Vietnam during 1972, then-Maj. Dan Cherry shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-21. Cherry saw the MiG’s pilot, Hong My, bail out. Thirty-six years later Cherry met Hong My, and the two men became friends–“my enemy, my friend. Cherry will talk about his Vietnam service and the events that lead to this remarkable friendship. He will sign copies of his book, “My Enemy, My Friend” following the lecture.
 
 
APRIL EVENTS
Family Program 
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop
Kites on the Fly!
Saturdays and Sundays
April 2, 3 , 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30; 11:00 am. and 1:00 pm
Did you know that people have been flying kites for over 2,000 years? From delicate kites made out of leaves to unique kites used for fishing to large kites that can actually lift people into the air, the kite has played an important role in aviation history. Come get the story of these incredible yet simple flying objects, then make and decorate your own kite to fly at home!
 
Family Program 
Magic Flying Carpet Storybook
Saturdays and Sundays
April 2, 3 , 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30; 10:30 a.m. 
The Magic Flying Carpet Storybook will precede the morning Weekend Family Workshop. Children and parents can sit on our magic carpet and listen to stories of flight from around the world. Stories will reflect the theme of the workshop for that weekend. Magic Flying Carpet Storybook will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m.
 
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, April 7, 5-9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late–for free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit and more from 5-9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.
 
Special Event
Hops and Props 2011
Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m., Museum-wide
The Museum’s annual gourmet brew fundraising event has become a Seattle-area rite of spring. Tickets for the event sell out months in advance.
 
Lecture and Book Signing
“Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World” with author Sam Howe Verhovek and Boeing 707 Professionals
April 16, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Former New York Times and Seattle Times journalist Sam Howe Verhovek’s book “Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World,” looks at one of the great contests in the aviation industry. While the British de Havilland Comet was the first commercial jet liner, it was Boeing and its 707 that won the race in the 1950s, forever changing the face of air travel. Verhovel will be joined by former Boeing 707 test pilot Brien Wygle, 707 aerodynamicist Joe Sutter, 707 training instructor Peter Morton and The Boeing Company’s historian, Mike Lombardi. The program will be followed by a book signing.
 
Special Event
“Rosie the Riveter” – Original Musical by the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company
Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Seattle’s acclaimed 5th Avenue Theatre brings its Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company (AMT) to The Museum of Flight for a special performance of a new musical, “Rosie the Riveter.” The show tells the story of the heroic women in the World War II workforce who built the airplanes that helped win the war, known collectively as “Rosie the Riveters.” AMT musicals are written by Northwest writers and composers–many with Broadway credits–and are created to entertain and spur the imagination with song, dance and stories. There will be a question and answer session with former Rosies following the performance.
 
Special Event
Flight Attendant Day at the Museum – Free Admission for Flight Attendants
Saturday, April 30
On May 15, 1930, Ellen Church made the first flight as a stewardess on a Boeing Air Transport flight between San Francisco and Chicago. In honor of 81 years of flight attendant service in the United States, Saturday, April 30, 2011 is Flight Attendant Day at The Museum of Flight. Admission to the Museum is free for former and current flight attendants all day. Flight attendants only need to bring some proof of their profession to the admission desk–they may wear their flight attendant uniform, or show their airline “wings” or an airline-issued identification badge.
 
Panel Discussion
Style in the Aisle Flight Attendant Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Flight attendants reminisce in the William M. Allen Theatre during the Style in the Aisle Panel Discussion. In conjunction with the Style in the Aisle exhibit, the Museum will host a lively panel of former and present flight attendants. An audience question and answer session will follow the discussion.

The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® — the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site.

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 $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 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

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