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Three Amelia Earhart Programs During January at The Museum of Flight

Date: 
01/08/2010
Noted Earhart "disappearance" authors, National Air and Space Museum curator present lectures and book signings
 
SEATTLE, Jan. 8, 2010--In conjunction with the Museum's temporary exhibit, In Search of Amelia Earhart--open until May 2010--three public programs about Earhart are scheduled for Jan. 2010. Each program begins at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater and is free with admission to the Museum.
 
"Amelia Earhart's Last Flight - The Theories Behind the Disappearance"
Lecture and book signing with "Legerdemain" author David Bowman.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater

A Jan. 16, 2010 presentation by Amelia Earhart researcher David Bowman looks at all sides of one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history--the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan during their famous attempt to circumnavigate the Earth. Auburn resident Bowman is the author of "Legerdemain," a comprehensive look at various theories about Earhart's disappearance. In October 2008 "Legerdemain" placed as a Finalist in the 2008 USA Book News Book of the Year Competition in the category of History/Nonfiction/U.S. "Legerdemain" is currently the only book to look at the disappearance of Amelia Earhart comprehensively, as well as to present the results of Bowman's own ongoing investigation. 
 
"Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved"
Lecture and book signing with author/researcher Elgen M. Long
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Oregon-native Elgen M. Long, a consultant on the feature film "Amelia," and co-author of the recently released book "Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved" will be at the Museum for a lecture and book signing. The presentation will cover the making of the movie "Amelia" and the latest information and technologies being used in the search for Earhart's Lockheed Electra. Authors Elgen M. Long and and his wife Marie spent 25 years researching the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart over the Pacific. Their book, "Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved," presents a convincing recreation of Earhart's final flight, as well as a look back at her legacy. The Longs compiled a wealth of information culled from hundreds of interviews, newly released logs of Earhart's ending transmissions, recreations of the flight, and their own piloting expertise to determine the fate of one of the most famous female pilots in history. Seattle Times reviewer Adam Woog says the Longs' book is "The most levelheaded and persuasive [book about Amelia Earhart's disappearance] of all."
 
"The Story of Amelia"
Lecture and book signing with historian Tom D. Crouch
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Tom D. Crouch, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics, recalls the life of Earhart during a program beginning at 2 p.m. Crouch is a well-known historian and biographer who has written and edited over a dozen books, including "The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright." He has won several major awards for historical writing, including prizes offered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Aviation/Space Writers Association.
 
In Search of Amelia Earhart exhibit at The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight brings together resources from around the country for its new exhibit about the remarkable life and times of the famous American pilot, Amelia Earhart. In Search of Amelia Earhart is one of the most comprehensive exhibits about Earhart in the country. Her story is told through original photographs, newspapers, newsreel footage and Earhart's personal belongings including the uniform she used as a young nurse, and the flying suit she wore on her solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1932.  Also on display-for the first time in public-is the only known surviving piece of the Lockheed Electra aircraft which Earhart flew on her attempted flight around the world in 1937. Special Earhart-related programs and events will take place at the Museum throughout the run of the exhibit. Please check the Museum website for up-to-date listings. In Search of Amelia Earhart will run until May, 2010.
 
For more information and photos, please see: http://www.museumofflight.org/amelia
 
Image: Amelia Earhart. The Museum of Flight.
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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 BarnĀ® -- 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
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