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Lecture / Presentation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Kenmore Air - Craig O'Neill

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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7:00-8:00pm for a special space exploration lecture featuring Chris Voorhees, Vice President of Spacecraft Development at Planetary Resources, Inc.  Mr. Voorhees was the Chief Mechanical Engineer for NASA's Curiosity Rovers Science Laboratory and he will be discussing the amazing successes of the Curiosity rover as well as challenges Mars poses for both robotic and human explorers.  He also will be providing insights on his current job at Planetary Resources, which hopes to mine asteroids within the next decade and this lecture will be followed up by a short Q&A panel discussion that will include several space professionals.


This program is free to the public.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:30am - 5:00pm

Join us for a very special day of events dedicated to the intertwined--and historically significant--histories of the American Volunteer Group and the China National Aviation Corporation in China during the 1930s and 1940s. In attendance will be the legendary pilot (and first airline pilot in mainland China) Moon Fun Chin, who also flew Jimmy Doolittle out of China after the daring US raid on Japan in April 1942. Also, author of the aviation history best-seller "China's Wings", Gregory Crouch, will be at the Museum to discuss and sign copies of his book. Other speakers include authors Keith Lee and Nancy Wright, both of who will offer fascinating insight on the history of Chinese aviation of the early 20th century. Special tip-to-tail tours of key aircraft will also be included with the day's events!

10:30AM: Tip-to-tail tour of the Museum’s P-40 with Dave Temby, Museum Docent
11:00AM: AVG Program- Panel discussion in the William Allen Theater with Keith Lee and Key Donn
1:30PM: Tip-to-tail tour of the Museum’s DC-2 , provided by DC-2 Pilot Gene Vezzetti
2:30PM: CNAC Program- Panel discussion in the William Allen Theater with Nancy Wright, Moon Chin, and Gregory Crouch
4:00PM: Book signing in the Museum Lobby with the authors

These programs are free for Museum members and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

On November 9, for the second year in a row, the Museum of Flight will be presenting a program with Angel Flight West, the second-largest volunteer pilot organization in the US (behind the Civil Air Patrol) and one committed to helping people in need. Entering its fourth decade and serving thirteen western states, Angel Flight West provides free non-emergency air transportation for people in rural areas needing to travel to cities for medical treatment, for those in need of disaster relief, for children traveling to special needs camps, for veterans, victims of domestic violence, and more. From their Board of Directors to their numerous volunteers, Angel Flight West combines passion for general aviation with compassion for others, which has resulted in helping thousands of people each year and making a positive difference in their lives.

Join us for an afternoon of various presentations by those involved with the organization. This program is free for Museum members, and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Presented by Town Hall in partnership with the Museum of Flight and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures:

Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his family when he was 9 years old—and in 2013, he served as commander of the International Space Station, orbiting the Earth during a five-month mission (you might remember his video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, viewed nearly 17 million times). Fulfilling his lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability, and a singular commitment to “thinking like an astronaut” (instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst … and always sweat the small stuff). Now Hadfield, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, shares a rare insider’s perspective of just what that kind of thinking involves, and how earthbound humans can use it to achieve success and happiness in their own lives.

This event takes place at Town Hall Seattle.Click here to purchase tickets at the Town Hall website!

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Join us as renowned author and Aviation Film expert Mark Carlson discusses the history of aviation-themed feature films! Author of "Flying on Film: A Century of Aviation in the Movies, 1912-2012," Mr. Carlson will discuss various feature films, whether blockbusters and lesser-known features, and will focus on how films have generated and reflected the interests of audiences in aviation history and development. Mr. Carlson will also be available to sign copies of his book, which can be purchased in the Museum Store. Be sure not to miss out on this unique program for aviation lovers and film lovers alike!

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a very special free lecture, sponsored in partnership between the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Seattle Times, and the Museum of Flight. In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), the Museum and WSHERC have once again partnered to present a free lecture for the Puget Sound community by an expert on the Holocaust. This year, our guest speaker is Professor Robert Ericksen, Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and renowned author of the books "Theologians Under Hitler" and, most recently, "Complicity in the Holocaust." Prof. Ericksen will discuss the themes and conclusions of his most recent book and answer questions from the audience. Be sure not to miss out on this very powerful lecture and discussion.

This event is free to the public and seats are available on a first come, first served basis

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 5:00pm

Astronaut Remembrance displays - 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Astronaut Remembrance docent talks - 11 am, 1:30 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday

For two days, the Museum honors the fallen astronauts of Apollo 1, and space shuttles STS-51-L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia with special exhibits and docent presentations. These include an exhibit of artifacts from astronaut Willie McCool, STS-107 pilot, biographies of the astronauts who lost their lives in the line of duty, and docent presentations on the history of these events.

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

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Leland Melvin, a veteran space shuttle astronaut, former NFL football player and current associate administrator of NASA's education programs, will deliver a family-friendly presentation at The Museum of Flight on Feb. 1 at 2:30 p.m. Melvin flew on two shuttle missions, and is responsible for the development and implementation of NASA's education programs. With his engaging and friendly style, Melvin has spoken to thousands of students to inspire interest in science and technology and raise public awareness about NASA goals and missions. His Feb. 1 program is geared to middle school students and parents.

Melvin will be at the Museum all day participating in the annual Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program, which brings together Washington state middle school students on the first Saturday in February to be mentored by aerospace professionals. Mentors include Alaska Airlines Pilots, military aviators, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Tuskegee Airmen and Museum of Flight staff.

This program is free for Museum Members and free with daily Admission to the Museum of Flight.



About Leland Melvin:

Selected by NASA JSC in June 1998, Mr. Melvin reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Mr. Melvin has served the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch, the Education Department at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C, and the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. As co-manager of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program, Leland Melvin traveled across the country, engaging thousands of students and teachers in the excitement of space exploration, and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A veteran of two space flights, STS-122 in 2008, and STS-129 in 2009, Leland Melvin has logged over 565 hours in space.

In October 2010, Melvin was named as associate administrator for the Office of Education. As associate administrator, Melvin is responsible for the development and implementation of NASAs education programs that inspire interest in science and technology and raise public awareness about NASA goals and missions.

STS-122 Atlantis (February 7-20, 2008) was the 24th Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Mission highlight was the delivery and installation of the European Space Agencys Columbus Laboratory. It took three spacewalks by crew members to prepare the Columbus Laboratory for its scientific work, and to replace an expended nitrogen tank on the Stations P-1 Truss. STS-122 was also a crew replacement mission, delivering Expedition-16 Flight Engineer, ESA Astronaut Lopold Eyharts, and returning home with Expedition-16 Flight Engineer, NASA Astronaut Daniel Tani. The STS-122 mission was accomplished in 12 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds, and traveled 5,296,832 statute miles in 203 Earth orbits.

STS-129 (November 16-29, 2009) was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station. During the mission the crew delivered two Express Logistics Carriers (ELC racks) to the International Space Station, about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating, and maintain proper orientation in space. The mission also featured three spacewalks. The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth bringing back with them NASA Astronaut, Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the Space Station.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Come and see Master Builders Bob Jacobsen and Cole Horton with their beautiful R2 units R2-D2 and R2-M5. Learn about some of the robot movie making and special effects from the Star Wars universe and what it took to build these amazing replicas, sometime from the Droids themselves! Are they really fusion powered? How much do they weigh? How do they travel to the Museum? All of your questions will be answered. Fun and informative for all ages. There will time to meet the builders and get pictures with the Droids afterward in this all new presentation.

This program is free to Museum members, and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight.