With breathtaking aerobatic performances over Lake Washington the Boeing Air Show on the Seafair Weekend features Red Eagle Air Sports, Warbird Fly Over, Air National Guard Aerobatic Team, the Flying Heritage Collection Fly Over, Patriots Jet Team, Clay Lacy, and much more. Kids can enjoy an interactive booth with exciting aviation related activities. For more information visit seafair.com
Date: 2-4 August 2013
Venue: Lake Washington
Country: United States
When a group of Fairbanks merchants transported a biplane by steamboat from Seattle to their hometown in 1913, it was with the intention of putting on a show for ticket-holding locals. When that biplane took its first flight over Weeks Field in Fairbanks, traveling at 45mph, it’s unlikely that anyone there could have predicted what impact the technology of air travel would have on the lives of Alaskans. One hundred years later, Alaska is celebrating a century of aviation, and to mark the occasion, the Anchorage Museum’s special display, Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation, will be on show from February 9 through to August 11, 2013.
By means of video footage, photographs and artifacts, the Anchorage Museum’s exhibit helps members of the public to understand the conditions that pioneering bush pilots dealt with in those early days. Flying in open-air cockpits, without the benefit of maps or up-to-date information on weather conditions, these intrepid pilots brought welcome provisions and news of the outside world to communities that may otherwise only have been reached by boat in the summer months and by dog-drawn sleds in the winter.
Visitors will be able to see some wreckage from the 1935 crash in which Will Rogers and Wiley Post lost their lives, as well as a WWII military flight jacket and a 1920’s Stearman C2B biplane. Children will have the opportunity to play in a replica antique cockpit, as well as to conduct experiments to help them understand the physics of flight.
Today up to 80 percent of Alaska is still inaccessible by road, highlighting just how important aviation is to people who rely on pilots to bring them fresh provisions, medical supplies, mail and other essential items. These pilots have the benefit of modern technology, maps and GPS, but still often have to brave treacherous weather conditions experienced in remote regions, and their dedication to their jobs are surely appreciated by those who rely on them. Aviation also plays an important role in the tourism industry, contributing significantly to the state’s economy.
Co-curated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, the exhibition at Anchorage Museum includes items on loan from the Smithsonian, as well as other museums in Alaska, including the Pioneer Air Museum and Alaska Aviation Museum.
The Museum of Flight has numerous exhibits, galleries, archives, and interactive programs for visitors. If you have your own private airplane, you can even land at Boeing Field and park on the Museum’s ramp!
In the Museum of Flight’s outdoor Airpark, visitors can stroll beside some of the aircraft that have made America famous. See the original Air Force One used by several Presidents including John F. Kennedy; an original Boeing 727, the famous Concorde, and the original 747 and 737 airplanes. Best of all, you can board the Concorde and Air Force One aircraft as part of the price of admission.
Have you ever dreamed of flying an airplane but are afraid to leave the ground? Then check-out one of the Museum of Flight’s simulators and experience a full-motion flying experience. Ride with a group, or choose the X-Pilot simulator in which you take the controls for a smooth or wild flight at your discretion. (Simulator rides are an additional cost not included in the admission price.)
The Museum provides the unique opportunity for visitors to sit behind the controls of an actual SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance plane and an F/A-18L Hornet fighter. The SR-71 remains the fastest aircraft in the world.
Inside the Great Gallery, you can see 39 airplanes on display. At least half of them are suspended from the ceiling as if in mid-flight. In addition, the Museum of Flight has the largest aviation archive in the western United States.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day when it’s closed. On the first Thursday of each month, hours are extended until 9pm. The Airpark is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily between May 1 and Labor Day. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the rest of the year. Airpark tours are included in the Museum’s admission price.
Visit the Museum of Flight’s Web site at http://www.museumofflight.org, and be sure to tell them you learned about them on airplanes.com