Nov. 11 free admission for U.S. veterans and active military personnel 


SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2011--The Museum recognizes the contributions of America's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The events begin on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month with chamber music performed by the internationally touring bass and cello duo, Bottom Line Duo. The Boeing Employees' Concert Band will perform patriotic music from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. ceremony featuring Museum President and CEO Doug King, City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, City of Tukwila Councilmembers, and the Civil Air Patrol Overlake Squadron color guard.

Speaking for veterans at the ceremony will be World War II fighter pilot, USAF Capt. Clayton "Kelly" Gross. Gross is a Silver Star recipient, and is recognized as an ace with six aerial combat victories. Also in attendance will be World War II fighter pilots Joseph McGraw and Bob Drew.

There will also be special programs for youth, adults and families. On Veterans Day all U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel will be admitted to the Museum free of charge.

Featured World War II Fighter Pilots

USAF Capt. Clayton "Kelly" Gross is an ace with six aerial combat victories-including one of the first victories a conventional fighter aircraft against a German ME 262 jet fighter; Navy Capt. Joseph McGraw is an ace with five victories while fighting in the Pacific theater, he later flew 80 missions during the Korean War; and USAF 2nd Lt. Bob Drew was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater, who later flew for the California Air National Guard and a test pilot for Douglas Aircraft in the 1950s and 1960s.

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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.


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 $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 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. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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