COURTESY PHOTO, The Museum of Flight

COURTESY PHOTO, The Museum of Flight

Green technologies for aviation explored in Saturday lecture

Boeing ecoDemonstrator director gives presentation March 23

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:41pm
  • Life

Jeanne Yu, Boeing’s director of Technology Integration, ecoDemonstrator and Product Development, explores how the focus for sustainable aviation can be a catalyst to accelerate innovation at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at The Musem of Flight.

The lecture is free with museum admission and is part of the museum’s three-day Women Fly programming.

Women Fly program

The museum’s March 21-23 Women Fly program invites middle school and high school students to participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of aviation and STEM careers. This year the annual program has more than 200 student participants.

The museum is at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, exit 158, off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field

For more information, visit museumofflight.org.

‘Invisible airplane’

The angular F-117 Nighthawk is one of the most distinctive fighter planes ever made. Former F-117 pilot Lorin Long provides an in-depth briefing of the famous “Stealth Fighter” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

Lorin will tell what it’s like to fly this once top secret fighter, and he’ll show declassified combat footage of how the nearly radar-invisible planes were used in the first Gulf War. The presentation is free with museum admission.

Elsewhere

• The upcoming Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition took a giant leap closer to its April 13 opening with the March 14 installation of Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit gloves and helmet. The delicate work was accomplished by staff from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and The Museum of Flight.

Working under subdued lighting to protect the priceless artifacts, the items worn by Aldrin on the surface of the moon were removed from their shipping crates, inspected and carefully positioned before finally being covered by a plexiglass case. Special attention was given to positioning a magnifying glass near the cuff of one glove that has a checklist for the astronaut to remind him of his duties while on the lunar surface. The lens helps visitors see one especially important chore: to photograph a bootprint.

• In advance of World Autism Awareness Month, the museum invites children with autism and their families on Sunday, March 31 for an early opening to visit the exhibits in a sensory-friendly environment, enjoy a special hands-on family activity, and receive 10 percent off purchases in the museum Store.

The World Wars I and II galleries in the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing, and T. A. Wilson Great Gallery, will have adjusted lighting and sound.

Admission is free for children with autism and their families from 8 to 10 a.m. only.

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