Museum celebrates The Boeing Company's 99th birthday

SEATTLE, July 7, 2015--The Museum of Flight celebrates the 99th anniversary of the founding of The Boeing Company with a day-long celebration of this aerospace giant's rich history. Admission is free for Boeing employees (with up to 6 guests). Boeing ID is required.

Boeing History Book Preview and Signing
A special preview and signing of Russ Banham's book "Higher: 100 Years of Boeing" is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery.

Family Workshops
The Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop looks at kites. From delicate kites made out of leaves to unique kites used for fishing to large kites that can actually lift people into the air, the kite has played an important role in aviation history. Workshop participants get the story of these incredible yet simple flying objects, then make and decorate their own kite to fly at home. 11 a.m. and1 p.m.

World War I Aviation Symposium
At 2 p.m. The Museum of Flight, in conjunction with the Northwest Chapter of the Friends of the American Fighter Aces, will host a 2-hour symposium focusing on the early innovations in fighter aircraft design during the First World War. The panelists at the "Fokker Scourge" symposium are renowned authors in World War I aviation history, Greg VanWyngarden, Jack Herris, and Lance Bronnenkant. The event is free with admission to the Museum. The authors'books will be available at the Museum Store, with book signings at the symposium.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, 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 150,000 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 halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 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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