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Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

Learn all about the famous Black Bat Squadron, formally known as the Republic of China Air Force 34th Squadron, - the corps of the CIA reconnaissance pilots that flew missions over mainland China for military intelligence during the Cold War. The Taiwanese crews flew a variety of aircraft, including the P2V-7U Neptune, P-3A and C-123. Despite the risky nature of these reconnaissance missions, the planes were unarmed, and if engaged by adversaries the Black Bats’ only defenses were sharp piloting skills and electronic interference. Aviation historian Li Wang will deliver a fascinating presentation about this heroic squadron.

This program is included in admission and is free for members of the Museum of Flight

Buy the book at The Museum of Flight Store

Find out more about the Black Bat Squadron and U-2 Spy plane in two books - Now available in the Museum of Flight store:

Buy the book!The Black Bats: CIA Spy Flights over China from Taiwan

Buy the Book!50 Years of the U-2

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Captain Linda Orlady is Boeing's Chief Pilot for Flight Technical and Safety. Her group has responsibility for providing technical support to customers as well as generating procedures and checklists. The safety pilots serve as the operational safety resource for customers and also participate in accident investigation.

Orlady has been involved in aviation, human factors and safety for thirty years as a pilot, researcher, instructor, and author. She is a third-generation pilot. Prior to joining Boeing in early 2011, she flew for a Chicago-based major US airline for twenty-five years. She has flown the B-737, B-747-400, B-757, B-767, B-777, Airbus A-319, A-320 and holds a commercial rotorcraft rating. She has served as a national safety officer for the Air Line Pilots Association as well as a Chair for the FAA's Safety Management System (SMS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

Previously, Orlady was a NASA-sponsored researcher for Yale and Harvard Universities on a project investigating crew complements, procedures and automation. With her late father, Harry Orlady, she co-authored a 600-page book, Human Factors in Multi-Crew Flight Operations .

Orlady holds a master's degree in business administration from the Ohio State University with concentrations in organizational behavior and human factors. She received a bachelor's degree from DePauw University. Orlady is a member of the Board of Governors for the Flight Safety Foundation.

For more information, go to http://www.seattle-raes.org/events/archive.asp?id=55

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join us for an exploration of Air America - the passenger and cargo airline established in 1950 and covertly owned and operated by the CIA in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Hear about the famous evacuations of Da Nang and Saigon from some of the men who took part in them. The featured speaker will be Marius Burke, the helicopter pilot who flew the famous last evacuation flight from the US Embassy in Saigon in 1975.

This program is included with admission to the Museum and is free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

The tip-to-tail tour of the Hubble Space Telescope replica has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Join us for a lecture with author Jim Hoopaw, author of “Tall Tail Tales” and “Where the Buf Fellows Roamed.” Colonel Hooppaw is a retired command pilot with 26 years experience in Strategic Air Command. He flew the B-47E, B-52C, D, E, F, G, and H models. He served as a pilot, instructor, Squadron Commander, and Deputy Commander of Operations of a Bomb Wing, and served three ARC LIGHT tours in Southeast Asia.

Jim will be available afterward to sign books.

This program is included with admission to the Museum and is free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Author and Military Aviator, Linda Maloney

Linda Maloney, one of the first women in U.S. history to join a combat military flying squadron, and a mom, will share the stories and photographs from her book “Military Fly Moms - Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope.” The book is a coffee-table style collection of inspiring true stories of women who shared the same two dreams--becoming military aviators, and being moms. Maloney interviewed more than 100 women from every military service. They tell of their paths to the military and flying, combat experiences, the joys in being a mom, and how to balance family and career. The stories and photographs weave a beautiful tapestry to inspire all moms and future generations to reach for their dreams.

Maloney will sign her books after the presentation.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Buy the book at The Museum of Flight Store

Find out more about Linda Maloney and many other women in aviation pick up her book Military Fly Moms - Now available in the Museum of Flight store:

Buy the book!Military Fly Moms - Linda Maloney

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 2:00pm

In October 1977. Pan American World Airways organized Flight 50, the first passenger flight around the world over the North and South Poles. Boeing 747SP Clipper New Horizons made the journey from San Francisco to London, Cape Town, Auckland and back to San Francisco in 54 hours, 7 minutes, 12 seconds. Join aviation author Brian Baum as recounts what it was like to be a passenger aboard the record-setting circumnavigation, using his unique collection of slides taken during the flight.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

"Commuting on the Space Shuttle: A Personal Perspective"

Dr. Nicholas Patrick was born in the United Kingdom and became a U.S citizen in 1994. After completion of his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, he joined Boeing's Commercial Airplane Group in Seattle. Selected as an astronaut in 1998, Dr. Patrick flew twice to the International Space Station. He recently retired from NASA and is returning to Seattle to work for Blue Origin. This program is included with admission to the Museum and is free for Members.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Museum of Flight is home to the American Fighter Aces Association, founded to recognize the 1,442 combat pilots that have received the special designation of “ace.” Join us for this panel of aces and combat pilots who will share their remarkable stories of heroism. USAF Lt. Gen. Charles "Chick" Cleveland is a Korean War ace and president of the American Fighter Aces Association. During this program Gen. Cleveland will talk about his life as a fighter pilot, field questions from the audience, and sign copies of the new biography of his life, "Once a Fighter Pilot," by Warren Trest.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.

Buy the book at The Museum of Flight Store

Read Lt. Gen. Charles "Chick" Cleveland's book - Now available in the Museum of Flight store:

Buy the book!Once A Fighter Pilot: The Story of Korean War Ace

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

From Mercury, the innermost planet, to Pluto and its tiny system of five moons, the Solar System is being explored as never before during the early years of the 21st Century by a large fleet of diverse spacecraft. In some ways it is similar to the "barnstorming" era of early aviation. Solar System Ambassador and Museum of Flight speaker Dr. Ron Hobbs will give a fast-paced overview of the exploratory activity on and around the worlds of the Solar System and provide a preview of some of the upcoming events.

This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for Members of the Museum of Flight.