SEATTLE, Oct. 25, 2017--Aviation as a force of war since 1914 is examined from many perspectives all Nov. 4-5 weekend. The programs include aircraft tours, living history performances and music each day, with special lectures by artists, authors, veterans and museum curators.
On Saturday Nov. 4, authors and historians look at World War I and II, and veterans of the Vietnam War meet in a panel discussion of the Vietnam experience from the perspective of air combat veterans. A ticketed evening reception and lecture will focus on propaganda of the Third Reich. Sunday Nov. 5's programs feature two artists' views of World War I, and the curators from several aviation, combat and undersea museums discuss the dilemmas of displaying military objects in public. All programs free with Museum admission (except Nov. 4 evening event).
Exhibiting partners include Distinguished Flying Cross Society,Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Seattle Holocaust Center, Naval Undersea Museum, and Dogs on Deployment.
Full details and schedule are online.
SPEAKERS SATURDAY NOV. 4
World War I - Endure the Dawn
Lecture and book signing with author David Bly. Bly will present an overview of World War I aviation as depicted in his novel about the Royal Flying Corps in World War I,
Endure the Dawn.
The Vietnam War - Perspectives from Air Combat Veterans
Moderated panel with Vietnam War veteran bomber, fighter and helicopter pilots, one of whom was shot down in 1966 and spent six years as a prisoner of war.
World War II - Explaining Hitler and the Rise of the Third Reich
Evening reception, lecture and book signing with historian and author Edward E. Gordon. This program will focus on how Hitler, with the help of Joseph Goebbels, masterfully turned a wide variety of mass media into a propaganda machine to win over the German people. Gordon is the author/co-author of 19 books and has appeared on the PBS News Hour, CNN, NBC, and NPR.Tickets $10/$5.
SPEAKERS SUNDAY NOV. 5
World War I - Wood and Canvas
Meet and greet with aviation artist Jim Deitz, who will give a personal tour of his exhibit of paintings depicting World War I aviation. Open to Museum Members only.
Warheads and Wonder: Displaying Controversial Military Objects
Lecture with Justin Spielmann, Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum; Valerie Johnson, Naval Undersea Museum; and Becca Harmsen, The Museum of Flight.
World War I - Passion and Perspective
Artist Thom von Ross will present a series of contemporary paintings which focus on the young men who fought in the skies over Europe during World War I.
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About The Museum of Flight:
Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit 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 at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, and the only display of engines that launched Apollo astronauts to the Moon. With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. 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 onsite 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. Museum admission for adults is $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org