March-April Events at The Museum of Flight

Aviation archaeology, spaceflight business 2014, Earth Day astronauts

SEATTLE, March 5, 2013

Thursday, March 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Once a month, the Museum stays open another four hours – and admission is free, courtesy of Wells Fargo. The Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Lecture and Book Signing
“Trailblazers – Women of The Boeing Company” with Author Betsy Case
Saturday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.
Betsy Case, author of “Trailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company,” will tell stories about the courageous women aviators and engineers who helped make Boeing the great company it is today. Boeing engineer and technical fellow Sandra Jeffcoat will join Case in the lecture. Their presentation will also pay tribute to the Pacific Northwest “Rosies” who built Boeing bombers during World War II. Case and Jeffcoat will have some special stories about the African American Rosies, who came from around the country seeking a new life with a good-paying job in Seattle.

Family Activity
“STEMtastic” Resource Fair
Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the assistance of the Honeywell Corporation, The Museum of Flight offers the opportunity for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) organizations in our community to share program information with Museum visitors during our STEM Resource Fair.

Airplane Rides for Girls
Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For two days the Museum is hosting Women of Aviation Worldwide Week organization’s Fly it Forward Challenge 2014, that will provide introductory, 20-minute airplane rides to girls and women to promote interest in aviation and space professions. Rides are limited to those who have never flown, or who have only flown in airliners. Flights will originate at the Museum tarmac; registration is through the Women of Aviation World Wide Week Website – Fly It Forward Challenge 2014.

Special Event
Aviation Archaeology Symposium
March 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum will host a two-day symposium about aviation archaeology on March 15-16. The “Before It’s Too Late” symposium will bring together an international team of experts on 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.

Special Event
Soaring Expo 2014
Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The member clubs of the Seattle Glider Council again present a glimpse into the fascinating world of silent flight at Soaring Expo 2014 during the weekend of March 22-23. Full-size gliders and radio-controlled gliders will be on display. Lectures, movies and glider flight simulators are offered all weekend. Representatives of local soaring and RC glider clubs will be on hand to answer questions for anyone interested in the sport of soaring or becoming a glider pilot. Clubs include Evergreen Soaring and Puget Sound Soaring.

Teenage Event
SpaceUp Teen
Sunday, March 23, Noon to 3 p.m.
SpaceUp Teen is a workshop for teens 13-19 who are interested in participating in the 2014 SpaceUp Seattle on April 12-13 at the Museum. SpaceUp Teen is geared to youths who want to have engaging and meaningful conversations with space industry leaders. Teens are invited to participate in this free, half-day preparatory workshop to get the most during the SpaceUp Seattle “unconference” experience. Workshop topics include: the latest space developments; talking with local space experts; group discussion skills. Participants receive a free ticket to the Space Up Seattle on April 12-13. The workshop is free with lunch provided. Registration is limited.

Please register online: Please include your name, email, and phone number.

Deadline for Photo Contest
Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Spirit of Flight is a juried photography exhibition open to all photographers; photographs need only reflect a “spirit of flight.” The exhibit, which celebrates its sixth anniversary this year, will open on June 6. Selected entries will be displayed in the Museum’s Great Gallery and on the cover of the Museum’s magazine, “Aloft.” See to enter.

Panel Presentation
American Fighter Aces Symposium
Saturday, March 29, 2:30 p.m.
The Museum of Flight is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association, and every quarter hosts a public discussion with some of this country’s most renowned combat pilots. Sponsored by the Northwest Friends of American Fighter Aces, the March symposium will feature Aces and other combat pilots who flew in the Korean War. An autograph signing session will follow the moderated discussion and pilot meet and greet.

Thursday, April 3, 5 to 9 p.m.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Once a month, the Museum stays open another four hours – and admission is free, courtesy of Wells Fargo. The Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Lecture and Book Signing
“Growing Up Boeing” with Rebecca Wallick
Saturday, April 3, 2:30 p.m.
Rebecca Wallick’s father Lew was a legendary test pilot for The Boeing Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1986. Wallick will recall those times with a lecture based upon her recent book, “Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter.” Wallick flew the first 727, and he was pilot or co-pilot on the first flights of the Boeing 737, 747SP, and 757, 767. The author will sign copies of her book after the lecture.

Special Event
SpaceUp Seattle: Commercial Space Symposium Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum of Flight is hosting a SpaceUp Seattle symposium April 12-13, with a weekend devoted to assessing, plotting and pondering the future of commercial space exploration. Space Up is an “unconference” where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion.

Special Event
Yuri’s Night
Saturday, April 12, 7 to 11 p.m.
The Museum is the scene of Seattle’s Yuri’s Night. Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s space shuttle. This event is for ages 21 and older.

Earth Day Lecture
Saving the Earth by Keeping Dangerous Asteroids Away
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m.
An April 22 Earth Day presentation by two astronauts takes on the challenge of literally saving the planet from destruction from the impact of an asteroid or comet. Astronauts/scientists Ed Lu and Tom Jones will talk about how we can track asteroids and comets that could strike our planet and what can be done to prevent a disastrous collision. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and four-time NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences. Three-time NASA astronaut Ed Lu is also known as the co-inventor of the Gravity Tractor, a practical and controllable means of deflecting asteroids. The program is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and is free to the public.

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 $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, $16 for active military, $11 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