World War I aviation experts featured at museum symposium

SEATTLE — On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, a one-day symposium at The Museum of Flight on Saturday, July 26, brings together the leading experts on World War I aviation to show how recent investigations are revealing surprising new information.

Speakers include Javier Arango, who uses his personal collection of airworthy World War I airplanes in flight programs to chart the real abilities of the ancient aircraft. Other presenters are renowned World War I aviation historians and authors John Morrow, John Ross, John S. Ballard and Richard Hallion.

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Alaska Airlines gives $2.5 million to build Aerospace Education Center at museum

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines is making a $2.5 million gift to The Museum of Flight to create the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center. Funds will be used to renovate existing facilities, support and sustain educational programs, increase staff, expand outreach to underrepresented communities, and enhance financial assistance.

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Three bands to rock Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight Speed of Sound concert series continues Jan. 31 with a three-band lineup of Northwest artists — Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, Star Anna, and Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals.

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Santa to visit Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — “Santa’s Landing Party” at The Museum of Flight begins Saturday morning, Dec. 14, with a children’s concert and the fly-in arrival of Santa Claus.

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Amelia Earhart Exhibit opens Oct. 12

SEATTLE — “In Search of Amelia Earhart,” a temporary exhibit honoring the life of the famous pilot, opens Oct. 12 at the Museum of Flight with the installation of a 1935 Lockheed Electra airliner, the same type as Amelia Earhart’s famous aircraft.

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Museum secures funding for Lockheed Electra

SEATTLE — A 1935 vintage Lockheed Model 10-E Electra transport aircraft identical to the one used by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated trip around the world in 1937 will be the centerpiece of a permanent Earhart exhibit opening at the Museum of Flight Oct. 12.

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Front page news

LINDBERGH DOES IT! TO PARIS IN 33-1/3 HOURS cried out the newspaper headlines on May 22, 1927. Lindbergh’s epic flight made front page headlines in papers all around the world.

We are all aware of the impact Lindbergh’s New York-to-Paris ?ight had on the public, but what other aviation events of the 1920s and 1930s were deemed of enough importance to garner headlines in the newspapers?

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Tales of the B-52

A presentation on the Boeing B-52 bomber is slated for Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

A panel of three B-52 pioneers will be at the museum, including Dick Taylor (pictured, in younger days), former chief of B-52 flight test; Brien Wygle, a B-52 engineering test pilot; and Air Force test pilot Brig. Gen. Guy Townsend (USAF Ret.), who was a pilot on the aircraft’s first flight. The Boeing Co. Historian Michael Lombardi will moderate the panel.

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