Lecture / Presentation
Join Museum Curator Dan Hagedorn for a special "Stories of Courage" presentation about the Museum’s original Caproni Ca. 20, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. Famously known as the world’s first true fighter plane, the Caproni holds a place of honor at the front of the World War I exhibit. Learn the history behind this one-of-a-kind aircraft and its journey to The Museum of Flight.
June 7 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s award-winning J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing, comprised of 28 World War I and World War II fighter planes and interactive exhibits.
On Saturday, June 7, The Museum of Flight remembers the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day invasion. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a presentation about the Douglas C-47 transport aircraft (DC-3 in civilian service), and how the rugged, twin-engine plane was used during the D-Day operation. During this “Stories of Courage” presentation at 2:30 p.m., Museum Curator Dan Hagedorn and military historian Dr. JD Wyneken share their insights about aircraft operations supporting D-Day.
NOTE: This program will take place at Town Hall, Seattle.
In 1983, Sally Ride made history by becoming the first American woman in space. Years later, she continued to be an influential public figure, but her private life remained guarded. Seasoned ABC reporter Lynn Sherr offers the full story in Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, from Ride’s sexual orientation to the revolutionary effects she had on millions. According to Sherr, the feminist movement made Ride’s selection into NASA’s exclusive boy’s club possible — and later helped inspire her to start a nonprofit to get young girls involved in math and science. A longtime acquaintance of Ride, Sherr’s expert coverage of the woman who “broke all the rules” but remained a team player, will give America a picture of “the woman behind the spacesuit.” Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and the author of several books, including Swim and America the Beautiful.
Presented by: Town Hall, Museum of Flight, and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About the author.
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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.
For more than 20 years, Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week. Shul has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold."
This program is included with Museum admission and is free for Museum Members.
Join us at the Museum of Flight for the STEM Back-to-School Day, generously sponsored by the Honeywell Corporation. Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educational opportunities and how you can help your student succeed.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Honeywell, we will be giving away school supplies & other educational toys. All programs, activities & giveaways this day are free with admission to the Museum.
This presentation by author Sarah Rickman will focus on the work of the Washington state Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and how their stories enhanced the story of the WASP as a whole. A special treat will be a 10-minute documentary film about Oroville, Wash., native Dorothy Scott — one of the 38 WASP who died in service in World War II. Dorothy’s story has been lost to us since 1943, but Sarah has written her biography based on her letters home during the war. Dorothy’s biography, "Lost WASP, Dorothy Scott," will be released later this year. Sarah is a former journalist who now serves as a WASP historian and the editor of the WASP newsletter for the WASP Archives at Texas Woman’s University.