Feb. 2 Black History Month Program Features Astronaut Robert Curbeam at Museum of Flight

Inspirational speakers to focus on “Reaching Your Potential”

SEATTLE – On Feb. 2, The Museum of Flight commemorates Black History Month with an inspiring lecture and panel discussion, “Reaching Your Potential.” A panel of African American aviation professionals will share their personal stories and discuss career opportunities in aerospace fields. The panel program will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a 2:45 presentation with retired NASA astronaut and Naval aviator, Capt. Robert Curbeam, Jr.

Robert Curbeam (left) at work on the International Space Station during one of his seven spacewalks. NASA photo.

Curbeam is one of fewer than 20 African American astronauts. He is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and seven spacewalks, he is a graduate of the Navy’s TOPGUN fighter pilot school, and is currently vice president of Mission Assurance, for Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems business. There will be an autograph session with Curbeam and the panelists after the lectures. The programs are free with admission to the Museum.

The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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, $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. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

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