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Priceless Documents on Temporary Exhibit Beginning May 10


Rare artifacts inaugurate Museum's "Treasures from the Vault" series

SEATTLE, May 1, 2014--On May 10 The Museum of Flight opens the "Treasures from the Vault" series of exhibitions with a rare display of two priceless documents from the beginnings of both aviation and the exploration of space. The inaugural display includes the original contract between Wilbur and Orville Wright and their creation, the Wright Company in 1909, and the 1969 Apollo 11 Command Service Module Maneuver Card, which has Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's most extensive flight notes from mankind's first journey to the Moon. The artifacts are part of the Museum's permanent collection, but rarely shown because of their value and fragility. They will be on display from May 10 through May 31.

MEDIA ALERT -- Museum Curator Dan Hagedorn will be available for interviews and photographs with the documents on Wednesday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Contact Ted Huetter or Mike Bush for details.

Unique Papers are Direct Links to Historic Moments
In the Wright's document, the brothers agreed to transfer and assign to the Wright Company two U.S. patents that describe their successful flying machine. "For all intents and purposes," says The Museum of Flight Curator, Dan Hagedorn, "it is the birth certificate of the first practical aircraft manufacturing firm in the world. For an aviation historian, this is the Magna Carta, Rosetta Stone and Constitution incarnate, and I get all goose bumps when I see it--every time."

Hagedorn continues, "I like to tell visitors that history is really nothing more than an endless series of human choices and consequences. In the case of aviation and aerospace history, those choices commenced, for practical purposes, with that 1909 agreement and were punctuated with a resounding exclamation point in 1969 when Neil Armstrong took that step off the ladder onto the surface of the moon."

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The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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 $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, $16 for active military, $11 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. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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