• First Time Since 1999, The Museum of Flight's World War II B-17 on Display

First Time Since 1999, The Museum of Flight's World War II B-17 on Display

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flying Fortress moved to Museum's east lawn

SEATTLE, June 30, 2011--On June 30 The Museum of Flight's rare, Boeing B-17F returned to a place in the sun. The aircraft has been undergoing restoration for 20 years, and was last on extended display at the Museum in 1999. It now can be seen on the lawn in front of the Museum's east entrance. Its meticulous restoration complete, the former bomber is regarded as one of the most authentic B-17s in the world. Limited tours of the aircraft for Museum visitors begin on July 2.

On July 16, a Museum hosts "Heroes of the Homefront - A Celebration of the B-17," a day of special activities including B-17 tours, big band music, swing dancing, World War II aircraft fly-bys and displays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event culminates with an evening Hangar Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring big band music by The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke. Standard admission fees apply for activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hangar Dance tickets are $17 presale, $25 at the door. To purchase Hangar Dance tickets, visit www.museumofflightstore.org.

For more information about Heroes of the Homefront:
www.museumofflight.org/heroes-of-the-homefront

For more information about the Museum's B-17:
www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/boeing-b-17f-flying-fortress

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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
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