Museum of Flight Exhibit Looks at Seeds of Flight

SEATTLE – The Museum’s latest exhibit, Strangers to These Lands, examines a specific history of flight in the natural world-the fascinating story of avian-assisted seed distribution. The exhibit traces historic accounts dating back to the Middle Ages of tropical coconuts appearing in temperate Europe, aided by a unique symbiotic relationship with the common European barn swallow.

The exhibit highlights important contemporary studies that examine the kinematics of swallow flight. “Finally we have an answer to the age-old question,” said Museum of Flight Exhibit Developer Geoff Nunn, “what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

Strangers to These Lands will be on display for only one weekend, March 31 through April 1. While the exhibit includes realistic facsimiles, no swallows were harmed in the making of the exhibit.

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