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Lecture / Presentation

Saturday, December 5, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Docent's Barry Latter and Bill McCutcheon will be providing their historical viewpoint of the events surrounding the the Battle of Britain in 1940 and the German "Blitzkrieg" that followed. Set appropriately in the WWII section of the Personal Courage Wing, this insightful talk will feature rich visuals and fantastic historical content, which are hallmarks of Latter's and McCutcheon's presentations at the Museum. This program is free for Museum Members, and free with general admission to the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Military Aviation Curator Cory Graff joins us from the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Wash. to discuss his new book, “P-51 Mustang: Seventy-five years of America’s most famous warbird.” Graff examines the whole story of this plane starting with its swift creation, WWII and Korean War history, and legacy as an American symbol. Following the talk, Cory will be available to sign copies of his book, which is for sale in the Museum store.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

On Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., U.S. Air Force American Fighter Ace Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie will be at the Museum with an inspiring program. One of the most highly decorated fighter pilots in American History, Gen. Ritchie is the only Air Force Ace since the Korean War, and the 8th most highly decorated living member of the United States military. His official tally of five MiG-21's shot down over Vietnam will likely never be equaled. Joining Gen.

Scale models of the Space Launch System (SLS) propulsion system. Photo courtesy of NASA.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Journey to Mars Public Panel Discussion - Fact vs. Fiction

Opening remarks: Sharon Cobb, NASA Program Integration Manager, Space Launch System

Materials: John Vickers, NASA Project Manager for the Composite Cryotank Technologies Demonstration

Habitat/Life Support: Mike Barratt, NASA Astronaut

Propulsion: Chris Crumbly, NASA Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution Office

Journey to Mars-Lessons from Apollo

Sunday, October 25, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The Museum of Fright is proud to host three special guest speakers from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts. The NIAC Fellows will share how they make science fiction into science reality. Dr.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

UW Dept. of Astronomy Assistant Professor Matt McQuinn takes a close look at how our universe was formed and how small fluctuations on the cosmic microwave background grow into galaxies with stars and planets.

Glenna Burmer, composer of "The Big Bang," discusses her musical and visual interpretation of the 13.8-billion-year history of our universe, exploring the process that composers and filmmakers use to bridge science and art.

Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Museum’s Free First Thursday is geared to astronomy on October 1!

Our special presenter is Professor Bruce Balick of the University of Washington Dept. of Astronomy, discussing the origin and development of nebulae and star-nurseries. We will also present a preview of composer Nan Avant's multimedia "Bijoux" which showcases some of the more spectaular nebulae ever discovered.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The secret is out! This Sept. 19 lecture and presentation by Dr. James Outzen will share some of the U.S. Government’s recently declassified info from spy satellites. Outzen is the Chief of Historical Documentation and Research for the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance. The Center is part of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites. Outzen will offer an unprecedented look behind the scenes of some of the NRO’s most important projects.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Museum Docent Bill McCutcheon talks the Waco Aircraft Company (WACO), one of the greatest producers of planes during the “golden age of aviation.” From the 1920s through the 1940s the sturdy, attractive WACOs earned a special place for aviators of all stripes. Vintage WACO biplanes are still carrying passengers. Visitors to the Museum can even experience a ride in one at Olde Thyme Aviation, based right next to The Museum of Flight.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:45am

Dave “Bio” Baranek enjoyed a successful, 20-year career in the Navy, starting with assignments to F-14 Tomcat squadrons and the elite Topgun training program, and later assignment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. 7th Fleet. At one point he commanded an F-14 Tomcat fighter squadron, responsible for nearly 300 people and 14 aircraft worth about $700 million.