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Lecture / Presentation

M/D-21 Blackbird | The Museum of Flight
Friday, December 26, 2014 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

Dec. 26 - Jan. 4
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day.

Tours last approximately one hour.

Blackbird Tip to Tail Tours

Our annual tradition continues with daily tours of the M/D-21 Blackbird.

Join us in the T.A.Wilson Great Gallery to learnall about this unique variant of the A-12, the earlist Blackbird type.

Friday, February 14, 2014 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Master Modeler Bob Jacobsen will speak about how he designed and built a life-size, operational model of the movie star droid R2-D2.

Dr. Amber Straughn | Photo: ASU Magazine
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

In this free evening lecture, astrophysicist and private pilot Amber Straughn, will discuss the amazing potential of the James Webb Space telescope, which will eventually replace the Hubble.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Former Astronaut Joan Higginbotham will give a public presentation to museum visitors and students in the Michael P. Anderson program. With over 300 hours in space aboard STS-116, Joan is only the third female African-American astronaut.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 -
10:30am to 3:00pm

This multi-presentation symposium will feature discussions on the topics of the birth of the airmail industry, the Spoils Conference, and Bill Boeing’s impact and influence on aviation and the Pacific Northwest specifically. Barry Rosenberg and Catherine Macaulay, authors of “Mavericks of the Sky,” will discuss early airmail from 10:30 a.m. until noon, followed by a book signing at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

The Orion team invites you to participate in this interactive webcast featuring mechanical engineer, Stuart McClung.

In this presentation, Stuart will webcast live from the Orion mock-up at the Johnson Space Center’s Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility. He will explain the importance of Orion’s first flight and take questions from a live audience participating in Space Center Houston’s annual Home School day as well as webcast viewers from around the country.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

You may not be an aerobatic pilot or intend to fly at the edge of the envelope but sometimes situations happen that give you no choice. Are you ready for that? Come hear airshow performer, Will Allen of Flipside Aerobatics and Rainier Flight Service, talk about stalls/spins and unusual attitudes and the things you should know to recover, or better yet, prevent the situation from happening in the first place.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking HERE.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the first round-the-world flight, which originated from NAS Sand Point, and in conjunction with the NAS Sand Point Reunion, this public symposium looks into the storied history of one of the nation's first Naval Air Stations. This program will feature the following speakers:

Dan Hagedorn, Chief Curator, Museum of Flight, will speak about the first round-the-world flight, which departed NAS Sand Point in 1924

Queen of the Skies: Boeing 747 #001, From First Flight to Rebirth
Saturday, October 18, 2014 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Museum Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn is joined by the test pilot on the very first 747 flight Brien Wygle, as well as the “Father” of the 747, Joe Sutter, for an in-depth and illuminating look into the history of this world-changing aircraft, recently brought back to its original factory-fresh appearance by Museum restorat

American Fighter Aces Association
Saturday, October 4, 2014 -
2:00pm to 3:20pm

Fighter Ace Bud Anderson flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe while with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group, based at RAF Leiston, England, and was the group's third leading ace with 16¼ aerial victories. His P-51D Mustang,  nicknamed Old Crow (after the whiskey of the same name), carried him safely through 116 missions without being hit by fire from enemy aircraft and without Anderson ever having to turn back for any reason. He returned to the United States in February 1945 as a Major.