Memorial Day Events at The Museum of Flight
|Patriotic music, color guard ceremony and speakers,
free for veterans May 31
SEATTLE, May 20, 2010--Continuing a tradition first established in 1999, the Museum is pleased to honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country. On Memorial Day, May 31, the Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music beginning at noon. A ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the Side Gallery, where the University of Washington Air Force ROTC "Blue Dragon" Honor Guard will present the colors. The City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton will also take part in the program. Special guests during the ceremony include Tuskegee Airmen veterans Lt. Col. Bill Holloman III, 2nd Lt. William M. Wheeler, Lt. Col. Bob Friend and Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray. An autograph session follows the ceremony.
The Museum's Memorial Day program is generously supported by the City of Tukwila. Veterans and current U.S. military personnel receive free admission to the Museum on Monday, May 31 with ID.
B-17 Bomber Flights and Tours - Last Day in Seattle
Monday May 31, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Aluminum Overcast, the Experimental Aircraft Association's restored B-17 ends six days of rides and ground tours on Monday, May 31. The Museum is hosting this historic aircraft during its Seattle stop as part of a national "Salute to the Veterans" tour. For flight reservations or more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org
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 J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
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 $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 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.
Ted Huetter, Public Relations and Promotions Mgr.