Sept.-Oct. Events at The Museum of Flight



SEATTLE, Aug. 12, 2011



Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Sept. 1, 5 to 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late - for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, the new Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation exhibit and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.


Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop

Spirit and Opportunity: Robots on Mars

Saturdays and Sundays

Sept. 3, 4, 10, 11; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Spirit and Opportunity are two of the most famous and successful robotic rovers in the history of the United States space program. Learn about their missions to Mars, then design your own Martian explorer!


Panel Lecture

Air War Over China with Engineer Li Wang

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m.

This panel discussion looks at a little-known Cold War spyplane program run by the Taiwanese Air Force in cooperation with the United States military. Lockheed Martin engineer Li Wang will discuss the Taiwanese Air Force 35th Squadron, the "Black Cat Squadron," one of two Taiwanese squadrons that flew Lockheed U-2s on secret reconnaissance missions over mainland China during the 1960s and early 1970s. Wang will be joined by two veteran Taiwanese pilots, Capt. Johnny Shen and Capt. Gimo Young. The program is free with admission to the Museum.


Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop

Comets and Asteroids!

Saturdays and Sundays

Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Comets and asteroids are some of the oldest objects in our solar system. Learn about these unique objects and then make your own comet model!



The New Boeing KC-46 Tanker

A Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture with Boeing Engineer Dennis Egan

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.

In this lecture sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society, Boeing engineer Dennis Egan will introduce the new KC-46 Tanker aircraft, which is currently in development for the United States Air Force. Egan is the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Air Vehicle Integrated Product Team leader and chief engineer for the KC-46 Tanker Program The design of the KC-46 is based upon the Boeing 767, and its development is well underway. Egan will provide an overview of the new tanker's configuration, design and certification. This program is free.


Dennis Egan has held a variety of Boeing executive positions including Director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Technology, Deputy Program Manager for 787 Derivative Programs, and Director of BCA Payloads and Structures Engineering. Egan joined Boeing in 1985 as a stress analyst. He subsequently became a design engineer and served on special assignment on the 767 Freighter program as a systems engineer. In 1995, he entered management as a supervisor for the Landing Gear Design Center. Egan received a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Montana and a bachelors degree in engineering science from Montana Tech. He successfully completed an executive MBA program at the University of Washington in 2003.



Centennial of Naval Aviation Fly-In Sponsored by Honeywell

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Museum's 2011 celebration of the U.S. Navy's centennial of flight continues with a vintage Naval aircraft fly-in and display.  


Representing two of the ultimate piston-powered U.S. Naval aircraft, a Grumman F8F Bearcat and a Grumman F7F Tigercat will arrive at Boeing Field for aerial demonstrations in front of The Museum of Flight between 10 and 10:15 a.m. (weather permitting). Based at the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field in Everett, the classic planes will make multiple passes by the Museum followed by static display in the Museum's parking lot until 4:30 p.m. The pilots will be stationed by the aircraft for autographs and visitor questions. Free.


Smithsonian Museum Day

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, The Museum of Flight honors Museum Day Tickets for free admission to the Museum on Sept. 24.


The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums' and sponsors' sites can be found at


Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture

The Latin American Connections in The Museum of Flight Collections

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

The Museum of Flight Senior Curator, Dan Hagedorn, talks about the Museum's airplanes that flew for air forces and airlines in Latin America before finding new homes and new colors in the United States. Discover how some of these rare aircraft would not be here otherwise!



Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop

Constellations: Pictures in the Night Sky

Saturdays and Sundays

Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Some of the oldest stories in the world can be seen in the night sky. Hear how people have used the stars to instruct and entertain each other, then design a constellation mobile!


Special Event 

Pathfinder Awards Banquet

Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.

The Museum of Flight honors Pacific Northwest individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the aerospace industry with its annual Pathfinder Awards. This year's fundraising banquet honors aviation entrepreneur Steve Fulton and Carolyn Corvi, whose leadership during 34 years with The Boeing Company has fundamentally redefined the vision of an aerospace production system.


Tickets are available to the Pathfinder Awards Banquet. For reservations call 206-764-5709.

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Wells Fargo Free First Thursday

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 to 9 p.m.

Once a month, the Museum stays open late - for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, the new Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation exhibit and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.


Family Activity

Astronomy Day

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 to 9 p.m.

Special programs and family activities all looking up to the deep sky. Local astronomy clubs will be at the Museum to share their knowledge of the heavens with viewing opportunities through their telescopes, and visitors can also marvel at the wonders of the night sky in the Museum's portable planetarium. Astronomy Day activities are free.


Lecture and Book Signing

Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m.

Astronaut Al Worden is one of only 24 humans who have traveled to the moon. Worden will talk about his experiences as a support crew member for Apollo 9, backup command module pilot for Apollo 12, command module pilot for Apollo 15's mission July 26-Aug. 7, 1971, and his life following a distinguished spaceflight career. Worden will sign copies of his new book, "Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon," following the program.


As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to Earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire Earth and moon simply by turning his head.


Special Movie Event

"Top Gun" Film Screening with Special Appearance by Actor Tom Skerritt

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.

The Museum hosts a 1 p.m. screening of the 1986 major motion picture about hot shot Navy fighter pilots, "Top Gun," followed by a special appearance by internationally known actor Tom Skerritt. Skerritt portrayed "Viper" in the movie, and the celebrated actor is recognized for leading roles in dozens of major Hollywood motion pictures and TV shows since the early 1960s. He will talk about "Top Gun" and field questions from the audience following the movie. The program is part of the Museum's 2011 celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation.


Lecture and Book Signing

Pushing the Limits of Flight at Edwards Air Force Base

Author Ted Huetter

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

Author Ted Huetter looks at the exciting flight test programs that took place at the legendary home of "the right stuff," Edwards Air Force Base. Based upon the book he co-authored with NASA historian Christian Gelzer, "Edwards Air Force Base," the program will concentrate on Edwards during the 1950s and 1960s, when the experimental planes flown there challenged the boundaries of aircraft and pilot performance as never before or since. A book signing will follow the program.


Family Activity

The Museum of Fright

Friday, Oct. 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

For one night every year, The Museum of Flight becomes "The Museum of Fright." Costumes are encouraged. Fun and "dead"ucational activities for the whole family, including storytelling, ghost parachutes, spirit kites and stormy flights on frightful simulators. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 5-17, free for children 4 and under. Following The Museum of Fright activities is The Museum of Fright Sleepover, which requires separate admission and pre-registration.


Family Activity

The Museum of Fright Sleepover

Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.

Join the fun early in the evening, then stay after hours for a Spooky Spy Sleepover! The event includes a special spy activity, a chilling flashlight tour of the World War I and World War II galleries, a snack and breakfast. Space is limited. For ages 7 and up, accompanied by an adult. Minimum one adult per five children. Museum members: $35/youth, $15 adults. Non-members: $40 youth/ $20 adults. Register by Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. To register, call (206) 764-1384. For more information contact (206) 768-7142 or


Family Activity

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop

Flightfully Spooky Halloween

Saturday and Sunday

Oct. 29 and 30; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fly your broomstick to the Museum and help us celebrate Halloween's scariest flyers! Make a ghostly creature that is sure to give your parents a fright when you send it floating through the air. Join in on the flightfully spooky fun - that is, if you're not too scared!


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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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