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Lecture / Presentation

A self-portrait of Brian Shul in full flight suit gear within the cockpit of the SR-71 Blackbird | USAF / Brian Shul
Friday, July 31, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul shares stories and photos from his experience as a "sled driver"--an SR-71 Blackbird pilot.

The presentation is based upon his book, Sled Driver, which features Shul's dazzling photography and insightful prose to illustrate what it is like to fly the world's fastest, highest-flying jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Shul's program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet.

Saturday, August 29, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Join us for an in-depth look into one of the most dangerous missions in aerial combat: attacking enemy air defense systems. Code named “Wild Weasels,” this program was started in 1965 when the U. S. Air Force saw an immediate need to protect its planes from surface-to-air missiles during combat missions over Vietnam. The Air Force response was the “Wild Weasel” program that used fighter aircraft to attract, and then destroy, enemy ground weapons to clear the way for subsequent Air Force planes. During a 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

2015 marks the hundred and first anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in Europe. The Museum of Flight, in conjunction with the NW Chapter of the Friends of the American Fighter Aces, will host a symposium with experts, in a conversation focusing on technological innovations in fighter aircraft that paved the way for new paradigm in aerial warfare.

Our three venerated panelists are Greg VanWyngarden, Jack Herris, and Lance Bronnenkant.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

British Airways pilot and writer Mark Vanhoenacker reminds us of the true wonder of flight in his fascinating and poetic new book, “Skyfaring- A Journey with a Pilot.” The author weaves together history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, physics, and philosophical reflection and offers an his view of the world as a pilot—demystifying the cockpit, humanizing the crew, and conveying the experience of freedom, wonder, and discovery that can only be found in the air. Vanhoenacker will share his inspiring perspective during this evening presentation at the University Bookstore.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:00pm

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs’ Steve Lee will give an exciting multimedia lecture with the latest images, science and engineering updates from the Mars Curiosity Mission. Don’t miss him narrate the infamous Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) 7 Minutes of Terror footage!

Photo courtesy of Dr. David Reyes
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

NASA flight surgeon Dr. David P. Reyes, MD joins us for a special presentation exploring how medicine is conducted in the most extreme environments, and what medical capabilities are required for upcoming missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Dr. Reyes also works on medical clearance for NASA astronauts so they can fly in space, and has supported NASA operations in the Arctic, Antarctic and Star City, Russia.

Apollo 17 view from Moon.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 2:00pm

John Logsdon will discuss the topic of his new book that examines how the Nixon administration impacted post-Apollo space policy. He will sign copies of his books (which will be available at the Museum) after his presentation.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Rob Manning is the Mars Rover Curiosity's Chief Engineer. His new book is about the challenges of bringing this large and complex scientific instrument to life and sending it to Mars. Manning's presentation will focus on the creation and exploits of Curiosity. He will sign copies of his books including "Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer" (which will be available at the Museum) after his presentation.

Grumman EA-6B over The Museum of Flight
Saturday, May 30, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Join us at 2 p.m. on May 30 to celebrate the arrival of the Museum's EA-6B Prowler. Museum's Curator, Dan Hagedorn will discuss the Prowler and its history with both the Navy at large, and with the Puget Sound region in particular. Veteran Prowler Naval Flight Officer Captain Bob Barrett (Ret.) and Veteran Prowler Pilot Captain Bob Pettyjohn (Ret.) will talk about operating the aircraft and their experiences with the Prowlers in active service. The program is free with admission to the Museum. The aircraft will be on free display in the Museum's parking lot all day.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

A lecture and book signing with former Hughes Aircraft Company President Ken Richardson will look at the Hughes Aircraft Company after Howard Hughes left its helm in 1953. Author Ken Richardson rose through the ranks of the Hughes Aircraft during his forty-year career there, from a radar design engineer to President and Chief Operating Officer. Richardson new book looks beyond the legend of the company’s famous leader, to focus on how the company grew to 85,000 employees and the leading military electronics organization in the world.