Transcontinental Aerial Adventure Launches from Museum of Flight

British aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor continues global tour in 1942 biplane, media and public invited to Seattle departure ceremony with takeoff early afternoon

SEATTLE – Tracey Curtis-Taylor, a pioneering adventurer who famously flew from Britain to Australia in her 1942 Boeing Stearman open cockpit biplane Spirit of Artemis in 2015, continues her global journey on May 2, when she departs from The Museum of Flight on Boeing Field to fly the historic airmail routes from Seattle to Boston. Taylor and Spirit of Artemis will taxi into the Museum East Parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to greet media and the public, followed by a brief ceremony with Taylor and officials from the Museum, the British Consulate, and Boeing. At 12:30 p.m. Taylor will start the plane’s engine and begin her next adventure from the runway adjacent to the Museum.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor 942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis

Tracey Curtis-Taylor 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis

Taylor’s American flight also marks the centenary of Boeing and its pioneering efforts in developing flight routes and aviation in the U.S. The transcontinental hop will celebrate and promote the achievements of women in every sphere around the world, and their historic and contemporary role in aviation and engineering. Taylor is dedicated to using the flight to inspire young women around the world to “follow their dreams, never give up and break boundaries.” As she did on her flight through Europe and Asia, Taylor will meet young students across America to talk to them about STEM education and careers.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor Delivers Public Presentation at Museum on April 30
On Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m., British pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor shares her story of flying a vintage open cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman, Spirit of Artemis, solo across 14,600 miles and 23 countries. Her trek followed in the slipstream of aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Taylor will take questions and meet with members of the audience after her lecture.

Schedule of May 2 Departure Event in Museum’s East Parking Lot
9:30 a.m.
Taylor taxies into Museum East Parking lot with Stearman.
10-10:45 a.m.
Interview opportunities with media.
11:15 a.m.
Taylor meet and greet with public.
11:45 a.m.
Dan Hagedorn, The Museum of Flight Senior Curator, welcomes assembled press and observers.
11:55 a.m.
Jenette Ramos, Boeing Vice President-General Manager of Fabrication, speaks to press and observers.
12:05 p.m.
Robin Twyman, British Consul – Business and Government Affairs, speaks to press and observers.
12:15 p.m.
Tracey Curtis-Taylor speaks to press and observers.
12:30 p.m.
Taylor dons flight gear, boards airplane and taxies to runway.
12:40 p.m.
Taylor departs.

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