Memorial Day Weekend Events at The Museum of Flight

Airplane fly-ins, bomber rides, lectures, free admission for military

SEATTLE, – The Museum of Flight celebrates Memorial Day with three days of military airplane rides, fly-ins, lectures, concerts and speeches. The Blue Star Museum Program continues with free admission to active military and up to five immediate family members through Labor Day.

AT-6 Texans in flight. Photo courtesy Experimental Aircraft Association Cascade Warbirds.

AT-6 Texans in flight. Photo courtesy Experimental Aircraft Association Cascade Warbirds.

World War II Bomber Rides
Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 Tour of Aluminum Overcast
Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues as The Museum of Flight will host the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, for rides and ground tours during the last week in May. The Flying Fortress will arrive on May 24 for rides and tours through May 27. For costs, reservations and more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit

Cascade Warbirds Fly-in
Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors can view a wide variety of beautifully restored vintage military aircraft representing several nations’ armed forces from World War II through the Vietnam conflict. Operating under the motto “keep ’em flying,” the Cascade Warbirds work to preserve history by maintaining important military aircraft. Planes such as a North American T-28 Trojan, DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, Cessna O-2 Skymaster, and a Douglas AD-4 Skyraider will participate in the fly-in.
Free admission.

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Hot Air Balloons
Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Participants in this family program will discover what a sheep, goat and rooster have in common in the history of flight. Free with Museum admission.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27, Noon to 2 p.m.
The Museum of Flight honors military service with patriotic music and a ceremony on Memorial Day. Veterans and active U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum with identification. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music, beginning at noon. At 1 p.m. Museum President and CEO Doug King will preside over a ceremony with City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton. Free with admission to the Museum.

Special Lecture
Monday, May 27, 2 p.m.
“The B-52 in the Vietnam War”
This lecture and presentation highlights the lead-up to the Vietnam War “Operation Linebacker II” B-52 air strikes against Hanoi and Haiphong in December 1972. The program will be conducted by retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Howard Butcher. Butcher flew 66 Vietnam B-52 combat missions including Operation Linebacker II. The presentation looks at the build-up of B-52 strategic bomber forces in the Southeast Asia, and the Strategic Air Command planning errors that impacted air operations. The story covers the combat losses of aircraft and aircrews in a salute to their memory.

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, $15 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. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit