Feb. 18 Lecture and Book Signing Recalls The Museum of Flight’s History

Author Howard Lovering shares the Museum’s backstories in his new book

SEATTLE – Author Howard Lovering presents an insider’s look at The Museum of Flight during his Feb. 18 lecture and booking signing about his latest publication, “For Future Generations: A History of the Museum of Flight.”

Cover of “For Future Generations: A History of the Museum of Flight.”

The 400-page, large format book mines a wealth of previously unpublished photos and stories to cultivate a new, comprehensive tale of the 50-year-old Museum. Lovering was the executive director of the Museum from 1977 through 1991. Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins said, “this book brings all fifty years to life, and with 20-20 vision points to an equally successful future.”

“What started small grew to be a large team, recruiting thousands of supporters, building from the bottom up an institution that not only shares with but also belongs to the visitor,” says Lovering. The book is not only a Museum story, it is a quintessentially Northwest story. The program is free with admission to the Museum; book signings are free for all.

Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.

With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s onsite 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 halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org