SEATTLE, Sept. 22, 2009

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 - 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late-and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, flight simulators and more from 5 - 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Airpark, Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night. The Museum will feature many "Astronomy Day" activities from 5 - 9 p.m.

Astronomy Day - A Galaxy of Activities Inside and Outside of the Museum
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 - 9 p.m.

Meet local astronomers and learn about the wonders of the night sky. Visitors can examine many types of telescopes, learn methods for safely observing the Sun, and spend time in the Museum's portable planetarium. Weather permitting, visitors can view the heavens through telescopes situated outside of the Museum. NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Hobbs will present "Barnstorming the Solar System," an engaging update on the latest findings from the robotic explorers ranging through our neighborhood in space. Hobbs' program is lavishly illustrated with the latest NASA photos. The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Constellations: Pictures in the Night Sky
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Some of the oldest stories in the World can be seen in the night sky. Visitors will hear how people have used the stars to instruct and entertain each other, and then design a constellation mobile!

Northwest Airlines 747-200 Panel Discussion with Northwest Captains, 747 Designer Joe Sutter and 747 Test Pilot Brien Wygle
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater

A panel of airplane designers including Joe Sutter, chief engineer for the original 747 program; Brien Wygle, first flight pilot for the 747; and Northwest Airlines captains will talk about this historic airplane. A limited number of passes to tour the Museum's 747 prototype after the program will be given out randomly to members of the audience.


747 Airplane Tours
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adjacent to the Museum South Parking Lot
One of Northwest Airline's 747s is being retired and it will parked next to the Museum parking lot on Saturday, where it will be open for tours for free with admission to the Museum. 
Seattle Airline Collectibles Show
Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Skyline Room

Pilot's wings, timetables, postcards, china and more... if it has an airline logo on it, chances are you can find it at the annual airline collectibles show. Show admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 - 15. Attendees will receive $2 off admission to the Museum. For more information about the show, visit or e-mail
The Museum of Flight Library Book Sale
Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Museum of Flight Library/Archives Building

When the largest aerospace library and archive on the West Coast has a book sale the bargains are big. This annual event offers low prices on thousands of books, magazines, posters and memorabilia--many of them vintage and out of print. Ample free parking next to the Library/Archive building adjacent to the Museum Airpark.

"CSI on the Runway" - Airline Accident Investigations with Expert John Purvis
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
The Museum of Flight takes crime scene investigation techniques to airplane accidents in a program with aviation accident expert John Purvis. Museum Docent Purvis is an internationally recognized authority in large aircraft safety and accident investigation. He led the accident investigation team at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group from 1982-1998. Purvis will look at CSI on and off the runway, accident investigation and aircraft safety.
New Exhibit Opens: In Search of Amelia Earhart
Saturday, Oct. 24, T.A. Wilson Great Gallery

Amelia Earhart is arguably America's most famous woman pilot. This comprehensive new exhibit will feature many of her original personal artifacts on loan from private collections, Purdue University, International Women's Air and Space Museum and others. The exhibit will also include rare photos, newspapers and newsreel footage.

"Gagarin's Envelope and Bush's Ballot: Our Evolving Relationship with Automation in Aviation and Society" - A Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Open House Program with Victor Riley
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Victor Riley, an Associate Technical Fellow in Boeing Flight Deck, Crew Operations, gives an overview of aviation automation issues, how aviation "human factors" have dealt with human-centered automation, and how these lessons may apply to other applications of technology automation becomes common in everyday life.
Halloween Event: The Museum of Fright
Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 9 p.m., Museum Wide

Bring the kids to the Museum as the whole family will be scared silly with safe and fun activities that will leave you in stitches! Enjoy Halloween treats, games and more! Meet the ghosts of aviations past and hear the stories of flights long dead and gone. Fun and "dead"ucational activities for the whole family all evening long. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 5 - 17, free for children under 5.
Halloween Event: The Museum of Fright Sleepover
Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., Museum Wide

Enjoy a frightful night of family fun at The Museum of Flight! Stay after the Museum of Fright for a slumber party at the Museum. The night at the Museum includes: a special edition of our Flying Gizmo Show; all of the Museum of Fright activities; a chilling flashlight tour of the WWI and WWII galleries; a snack and breakfast. Space is limited. Register by Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Ages 7 and up accompanied by adults. Minimum 1 adult per 5 children. Members: $35/youth, $15 adults. Non-members: $40 youth/ $20 adults. To register, call (206) 768-1384. For more information call (206) 768-7142 or see:
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Flightfully Spooky Halloween!
Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 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!
The Life and Legacy of Amelia Earhart - A presentation by Earhart expert Debra Plymate
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater

This is the first in a series of public programs to be presented in conjunction with the Museum's Amelia Earhart exhibit. Pilot and Amelia Earhart authority Debra Plymate will deliver a thoughtful program about Earhart's life, her philosophy and her legacy. "Amelia was extremely motivated and had an outstanding outlook on life," says Plymate. "Keeping her memory alive and sharing her inspiration is what matters most. Her disappearance was a heartbreaking tragedy of the sea, but the story of her life is a gift we can share forever."  

### The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 (on Boeing Field between downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport.) The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 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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