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January – February 2013 Events at The Museum of Flight

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Jan. 3, 5 to 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Red Barn, Space Gallery and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Family Activity
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Animal Heroes
Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Animals paved the way for human space exploration. Come hear their stories and help The Museum of Flight honor these unsung heroes.

Evening Lecture
Should the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz?
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Museum of Flight, in conjunction with the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (WSHERC), is proud to present an evening lecture on “The Bombing of Auschwitz: Why Didn’t The Allies Attempt It?” After wide-ranging debate, the Allies chose not to bomb the huge Auschwitz complex or the railroad networks that headed there, despite the known fact the Nazis were deporting Jews to Auschwitz by the tens of thousands. The featured speaker will be Bob Herschkowitz, a Holocaust survivor from Belgium. As a young child, Bob and his family fled to France. His father escaped a French concentration camp and the family crossed the Alps by foot, finding refuge in Switzerland in 1943. Free.

Lecture and Book Signing
“Final Flight” with author Peter Stekel
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Author Peter Stekel will tell the story of a four-man crew who perished on a routine navigation training flight in 1942 above the Mendel Glacier in California’s High Sierra. Stekel’s lecture and book are gripping accounts that are part mystery, part history, and part personal journey to uncover the truth of what happened on Nov. 18, 1942.

NASA Astronaut Lecture
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the Seattle Astronomical Society, The Museum of Flight has invited a NASA astronaut to speak on astronomy from space.

Temporary Exhibit
Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27
Astronaut Remembrance Weekend
The Museum remembers the fallen astronauts of Apollo-1, and Space Shuttle missions STS-51 Challenger and STS-107 Columbia.

African Americans in Aerospace: Black History Month at the Museum
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Museum of Flight celebrates Black History Month with an inspiring panel discussion with African American aerospace professionals.

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 to 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Red Barn, Space Gallery and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Family Activity
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Long-Distance Valentines
Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Take a look at the early days of airmail, and then send your loved ones over the moon with a sweet valentine made by you.

Educator Evening
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
Experience the Space Shuttle Trainer while enjoying an evening of fun, science and delicious food. Free for educators with identification. RSVP to [email protected] by Feb. 1. Ages 21 and up.

Family Event
18th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will put on a competition of bridges built using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. Each year teams of high school students from local schools build bridges that are strong, efficient, as well as aesthetically pleasing. The bridges will be judged and then tested to failure with a hydraulic press.

Family Event
Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Puget Sound Engineering Council celebrates the annual National Engineers Week with an Engineering Fair. Local chapters of national societies representing the entire span of engineering disciplines will staff booths; those interested in engineering careers can learn more about the exciting opportunities available. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be represented.

Family Events
NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Saturday, Feb. 16,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the world in miniature at the 2013 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show. See hundreds of detailed scale models of all types at the largest model show in the Northwest! Children aged 6 to 16 can build their own models under supervision of experts from NorthWest Scale Modelers and take them home.

Family Lecture
Robot Dreams – Building R2-D2
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m.
Master Modeler Bob Jacobsen will talk about how he designed and built a life-size, operational model of the movie star droid R2-D2. Jacobsen will share the stage with the popular robot, and both will field questions from the audience following the presentation.

Family Activity
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop:
Red-Tailed Angels – The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
During World War II, African American pilots known as The Tuskegee Airmen flew as fighter escorts for Allied bombers in Europe and North Africa. To identify themselves they painted the tails of their planes red. Hear about their brave exploits and make an aviation button to honor these brave men.

Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture: Boeing Business Jets
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Captain Steve Taylor presents the topic of Boeing Business Jets as part of the lecture series for the Seattle branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Free.

Panel Discussion
American Fighter Aces Symposium
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
The Museum of Flight is home to the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots who have received the special designation of “ace.” Join us for this panel of aces and combat pilots who will share their remarkable stories of heroism.

Special Event
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 to 10 p.m.
11th Annual Hops and Props
Experience one of the Northwest’s premier craft beer tasting events. All proceeds go toward supporting The Museum of Flight. SOLD OUT.

Orion: America’s Deep Space Human Spacecraft
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Paul Marshall from NASA Johnson Space Center and Larry Price from Lockheed Martin Corp. will talk about new spacecraft under development, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

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 Charles Simonyi Space Gallery is home to the unique, NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. 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 $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $14 for active military, $10 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