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October Events at The Museum of Flight

Thursday, Oct. 3, 5 to 9 p.m.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Once a month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Charles Simonyi 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.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 5 to 9 p.m.
Family Event
Astronomy Day
Oct. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. is Astronomy Day, where special programs and family activities all look up to the deep sky. Local astronomy clubs will be at the Museum to share their knowledge of the heavens with viewing opportunities through their telescopes, and visitors can also marvel at the wonders of the night sky in the Museum’s portable planetarium. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 12
Exhibit Opening
“In Search of Amelia”
-“In Search of Amelia Earhart,” a temporary exhibit honoring the life of the famous pilot, opens Oct. 12 with the installation of the a 1935 Lockheed Electra airliner, same type as Amelia Earhart’s famous aircraft. The Museum’s Electra is one of only two in existence, and the only one with the same modifications made to Earhart’s plane-and flown around the world in 1997 on the 60th anniversary of Earhart’s global flight attempt. The aircraft will remain on permanent display. “In Search of Amelia Earhart” will be on exhibit until April 28, 2014, and is free with admission to the Museum.

The “Amelia” exhibit tells Earhart story through original photographs, newspapers, newsreel footage and Earhart’s personal belongings including her pilot’s helmet and goggles, and the only known surviving piece of the Lockheed Electra Earhart flew on her ill-fated flight around the world in 1937.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Event
Aircraft Moving Day – Installation of the Lockheed Electra into the Museum
Oct. 12 is “moving day” in the glass building called the Great Gallery. To make room for two more aircraft in the Golden Age of Aviation exhibit, one plane will be permanently relocated to the Museum’s Restoration Center, and at least four aircraft will have to be moved outdoors temporarily while the new planes are moved indoors. While full access to the gallery will be restricted throughout the day, all of the aircraft and activity will be on view for Museum visitors.

The World War II-era Super Corsair fighter will be moved out of its corner spot in the gallery to a new home at the Museum’s Restoration Center. Replacing it will be a 1935 Lockheed Model 10-E Electra transport (centerpiece of the new Amelia Earhart exhibit), and joining the Electra in the gallery’s row of Golden Age of Aviation aircraft will be the world’s only Stinson Model O.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Book Sale
Museum Library Book Sale
The largest aviation and space library in the western U.S. streamlines its collection every year with a book and magazine sale. Thousands of publications are made available at bargain prices.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Seattle Meetup Event
Our Universe – Cosmos Screening
The Museum will host a free screening of a selection of Carl Sagan’s Public Broadcasting Network “The Cosmos” episodes, courtesy of the Meetup group, Our Universe Seattle. The program will be introduced by local science experts, who will present on related topics and take audience questions.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Awards Banquet
Pathfinder Awards
The Museum of Flight Pathfinder Awards honor pioneering achievements in flying, engineering, education, operations, manufacturing, and an at-large category. Three individuals have been selected for recognition in 2013: Boeing test pilot Michael Carriker; aviation entrepreneur Bruce McCaw; and retired Boeing CEO Frank Shrontz. This fundraising event is open to the public. For reservations call Leslee Tessmann, 206-768-7222.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Family Halloween Event
The Museum of Fright
For one day every year, The Museum of Flight becomes “The Museum of Fright.” Costumes are encouraged. Fun and activities for the whole family, including storytelling, ghost parachutes, spirit kites, face painting, Area 51 Laboratory and stormy flights on frightful simulators. Free admission for children 17 and under in costume (with adult supervision)/$5 admission for kids 17 and under without a costume/$10 for all adults. Discount prices valid all day.

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