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Museum of Flight Hosts Aviation Archaeology Symposium March 15-16

International roster of experts share secrets and stories of recovering lost aircraft

SEATTLE – The Museum of Flight will host Seattle’s first two-day symposium about aviation archaeology March 15-16. The “Before It’s Too Late” symposium will bring together an international team of experts in the emerging field of aircraft recovery and crash-site preservation. Their presentations will explore all aspects of aviation archaeology, with amazing stories of recovery operations from forests, frozen lakes and beneath the sea. The event begins with a live hook-up with the Royal Air Force Museum in England. Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20 for both days ($15 for Museum Members). Space is limited, advance tickets available at Museumtix.

Ian Thirsk of the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, England.
Taras Lyssenko and John Dorwin of Chicago-based A&T Recovery, a firm that has recovered 31 World War II planes from Lake Michigan.
John Sessions, CEO and warbird pilot, of Historic Flight Foundation in Everett, Wash.
Peter Merlin and Tony Moore, the “X-Hunters,” who have located more than 100 crash sites of historic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51 in the desert Southwest.
Nick Veronico, author of “Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering and Rebuilding WWII’s Lost Aircraft.”
Mark Allen and Robert Mester of Kirkland-based Underwater Admiralty Sciences, a non-profit corporation specializing in underwater aviation and maritime recoveries.
Dr. Adrian Hunt, Executive Director of the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Wash.
Dave Goss, founder of the aircraft restoration company, GossHawk Unlimited.
Megan Lickliter-Mundon, an expert on underwater aviation archaeology.

For more information about the program see The Museum of Flight calendar.