Museum of Flight Announce Feb. 4 Lunar New Year Celebration with Free Family Activities, and Special Program About First Boeing Engineer – Wong Tsoo

SEATTLE – The Museum welcomes the Lunar New Year – Year of the Monkey – on the Feb. 4 Wells Fargo Free First Thursday, with nonstop family activities in cooperation with Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be special programs honoring The Boeing Company’s first engineer, Wong Tsoo, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a performance of the Seattle Chinese Chorus from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

A floatplane version of the Boeing Model C designed by Wong Tsoo in 1916

A floatplane version of the Boeing Model C designed by Wong Tsoo in 1916

Distinguished speakers at the Museum event will look at Wong’s life and legacy in the U.S. and China. Speakers include Washington state Lt. Governor Brad Owen, and the Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Seattle, Andy Chin.

Wong was Boeing’s first engineer. He was born in Beijing, China in 1893, and hired in 1916 as a recent MIT graduate to design a new military training plane, soon to be known as the Model C. The plane was the young company’s first financial success. Wong later returned to China and became a major influence on aviation in that country. He died in Taiwan in 1965.

5 to 9:00 p.m.

Lunar New Year-themed family activities
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Life & Legacy of Wong Tsoo, Boeing’s First Engineer
Introduction to the Evening’s Program –
Andy Chin, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Seattle
Wong Tsoo’s Legacy at Boeing –
Paul Spitzer, former Boeing Corporate Historian
Wong Tsoo’s Life in China –
Key Donn, retired Boeing engineer, Museum of Flight docent
Remembering an Interview with William Boeing, Jr. –
Hao Chen, documentary researcher
Wong Tsoo’s Contributions to Washington Early Aviation Industry –
Brad Owen, Washington state Lt. Governor
Audience and speaker Q & A
7 to 8 p.m.
Seattle Chinese Chorus

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