Astronaut “Hoot” Gibson Presents “Stories of Aviation and Space” March 12

Space shuttle astronaut / Top Gun pilot to talk about his amazing life as an aviator

SEATTLE, – Five-time space shuttle astronaut, navy Top Gun fighter pilot and aviator extraordinaire “Hoot” Gibson, will talk about his amazing life in aerospace during a lecture at The Museum of Flight on March 12 at 2 p.m.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Lee “Hoot” Gibson’s life as a pilot has put him at the helm of space shuttles, airliners, combat jets, racing planes and dozens of different types of aircraft. He has over 6,000 hours of flying time and has over 300 aircraft carrier landings.

Gibson was awarded the Louis Bleriot Medal in 1992, and he holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and three air medals, among many other awards.

He has flown five space shuttle missions, four as Commander, including STS-71, the first to dock with the Mir space station. Gibson’s presentation is free with admission to the Museum.
Gibson’s NASA biography:
Photo: Shuttle pilot “Hoot” Gibson’s famous 1984 photograph of astronaut Bruce McCandless. NASA photo.

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

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