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Gliders Soar at Museum of Flight on March 17-18

Gliders, films, lectures and pilots take flight at annual Soaring Expo

The member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council again present a glimpse into the fascinating world of silent flight at Soaring Expo 2012 during the weekend of March 17-18.

Perlan glider in flight. Credit Powers Unlimited

Full-size gliders and radio-controlled gliders will be on display. Lectures, movies and glider flight simulators are offered all weekend. Representatives of local soaring and RC glider clubs will be on-hand to answer questions for anyone interested in the sport of soaring or becoming a glider pilot. Clubs include Evergreen Soaring and Puget Sound Soaring. The event is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and is free with admission to the Museum.

March 17 Lectures
11 a.m. – “Emergency Bailout Procedures and Survival Equipment for Pilots,” by Alan Silver. Silver has served as the chairman of the Parachute Industry Association Rigging Committee, a worldwide organization that represents the parachute industry. He has made over 3200 parachute jumps as a sport and professional skydiver.

2 p.m. – “Oroville’s Aviators: Cloyd and Audrey Artman,” by Linda Chism.

March 18 Lecture
11 a.m. – “The Design and Building of A New Glider,” by Brad Hill

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 $17 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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