• B-17 Era Celebrated with Daytime Events and Evening Dance Party July 16

B-17 Era Celebrated with Daytime Events and Evening Dance Party July 16

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Heroes of the Homefront" dance swings back to the 1940s with The Harry James Orchestra

SEATTLE, June 23, 2011--The Museum celebrates World War II's iconic B-17 bomber and the 95th anniversary of the Boeing Company with "Heroes of the Homefront," a day of special activities including big band music, swing dancing, aircraft fly-ins and B-17 tours. The Museum's Flying Fortress will be on display in front of the Museum, with exclusive tours of the aircraft awarded through drawings. Activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. include a fly-in and static display of a B-25 bomber and P-51 fighter; World War II reenactment players; swing dance lessons and demonstrations; and special World War II exhibit tours and lectures. Events are free with admission to the Museum.

Evening Hangar Dance
The celebration continues into the evening with a swing-era "hangar dance" in the Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. (separate admission). Big band music provided by The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke and featuring Gina Funes. Period attire is encouraged. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission to the Hangar Dance is $17 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online through The Museum of Flight Store:
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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit
www.museumofflight.org

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