October Events at The Museum of Flight

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Programs are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted.  

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 – 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late—for free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, flight simulators and more from 5 – 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.  

Astronomy Day: Happy Birthday NASA!
Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 – 9 p.m., Throughout the Museum
Celebrate NASA’s 50th with the Museum where you can meet local astronomers and learn about the wonders of the night sky. Visitors can examine many types of telescopes and learn methods for safely observing the Sun.  

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Pushing the Envelope: The X-15!
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
In the early 1960s, a new generation of test pilots went into space flying the X-15 experimental rocket plane. The X-15 program explored the limits of human endurance and aerospace technology in new world of hypersonic flight. Learn about this breakthrough project that paved the way for all future space travel, then design your own experimental aircraft! 

18th Seattle Airline Collectibles Show
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Skyline Room
Pilot’s wings, timetables, postcards, china and more…if it has an airline logo on it, chances are you can find it at the annual Airline Collectibles Show. More than 500 collectors and dealers from around the world are expected to attend, searching for rare finds and vying for great door prizes.  Show admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 6 – 15). Museum admission is not included. Show attendees will receive $2 off Museum admission. For more information, visit www.seattleairlineshow.com.

NW Historical Miniatures Gaming Exhibition
Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Great Gallery
The Museum welcomes back the NW Historical Miniatures Gaming Society for an exhibition of their fascinating hobby, which combines the challenges of fine model-making and sophisticated strategy game playing. Several games will be demonstrated including games featuring aerial combat, a 1930s air racing game, and tables for earthbound battles. Visitors are encouraged to watch or participate in the games. Society members will help you learn about the organization and the hobby. 

The Boeing 707: Fifty Years of the Jet Age
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
The first commercial jet liner flight from New York to Paris was on Oct. 26, 1958. The plane was a new Boeing 707 flown by Pan Am. Join the Museum for a panel of those who were involved in the introduction of this historic aircraft into commercial aviation. The panel will include Joe Sutter, Chief Aerodynamicist; Brien Wygle, 707 Test Pilot; Peter Morton, 707 Training Instructor; and Herb Stevenson, 707 Captain for Pan Am. The panel will be moderated by Mike Lombardi, Chief Historian for The Boeing Company.   

368th Fighter Group Panel Discussion
Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater
Five P-47 Thunderbolt combat pilots from the 368th Fighter Group will once again join the Museum for stories about air combat in World War II. The 368th was one of the most productive fighter groups during the war and received the Presidential Unit Citation. It was comprised of the 395th FS “Panzer Dusters,” 396th FS “Thunder Bums,” and the 397th FS “Jabo Angels.” The 368th provided air cover for the First and Third Army sweeps across Europe. The panel discussion will be moderated by Museum Docent, Dr. Timothy M. Grace, author of “Second to None: The History of the 368th Fighter Group.”  

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Flightfully Spooky Halloween!
Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Fly your broomstick to the Museum and help us celebrate Halloween’s scariest flyers! Make a ghostly creature that is sure to give your parents a fright when you send it floating through the air. Join in on the flightfully spooky fun—that is, if you’re not too scared!  

The Museum of Fright: Spooky Halloween Celebration!Friday, Oct. 31, 4 – 9 p.m., Throughout the Museum
For just one night each year, The Museum of Flight becomes The Museum of Fright! This Halloween, bring the kids down to the Museum as the whole family will be scared silly with safe and fun activities that will leave you in stitches! Enjoy tons of Halloween treats, games and more!  Meet the ghosts of aviation’s past and hear the stories of flights long dead and gone. Fun and “dead”ucational activities for the whole family all evening long!


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 Red Barn® — the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. 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 aviation 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. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $7.50 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.