Military and civilian choppers descend for free family event

SEATTLE, June 1, 2011--June 18 is a day of heroes and helicopters at The Museum of Flight. The family-friendly American Heroes Air Show features static displays of a wide variety of helicopters, special presentations and entertainment in the Museum's parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free. Representatives from organizations including local flight schools, television stations, Border Patrol, Search & Rescue units and the U.S. Coast Guard will be available to answer questions and give helicopter tours. The public is encouraged to watch the helicopters arrive between 7 and 9:30 a.m. The annual event demonstrates how helicopters play an important role in law enforcement, fire service, public safety, communications, national defense and homeland security.

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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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