World War I aviation experts featured at museum symposium

Photo: World War I Pfalz D.XII (foreground) and Sopwith Snipe on display at The Museum of Flight. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle.

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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Tales of the B-52

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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.

For more information: 206-764-5720 or MuseumOfFlight.org.