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African-Americans in Aerospace

African-Americans in Aerospace

Time: Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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February is Black History Month and The Museum of Flight once again celebrates the on-going contributions of African-Americans to aviation and aerospace fields. Join us for an outstanding panel of people who have been exploring frontiers in the air and in space. Our panel moderator is Lt. Col. William "Bill" Holloman (USAF Ret.), one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who flew P-51 Mustangs with the all black 332nd Fighter Group, the famed "Red Tails." Air Force Academy graduate Maj. Kimberly Scott flies for Alaska, as an MD-80 officer. Currently on leave from the airline as an activated reservist, she flies in the command seat of a C-17 with the 728th Airlift Squadron out of McChord AFB, Washington. Capt. Mike Swanigan is a twenty-four-year Alaska Airlines veteran, currently flying the 737. He has previously served as the airline's chief pilot and vice president of flight operations. Dr. Edward Tunstel is Senior Robotics Engineer with the Robotic Vehicles Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He has been involved with the development of all of the rovers to go to Mars, and is currently working on the development of the next generation of robotic planetary explorers. These panelists remind us that all of us, no matter what our ethnic background, can literally "reach for the stars." Their stories support what Sofi Collis, the nine-year old orphan adopted by an American couple, said when she named the Mars Rovers, "In America, I can make all my dreams come true. Thank you for the ÔSpirit' and the ÔOpportunity.'" Presentation is free with Museum admission.