PRESS RELEASE – The Museum welcomes the Lunar New Year – Year of the Monkey – on the Feb. 4 Wells Fargo Free First Thursday, with nonstop family activities in cooperation with Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be special programs honoring The Boeing Company’s first engineer, Wong Tsoo, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a performance of the Seattle Chinese Chorus from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Distinguished speakers at the Museum event will look at Wong’s life and legacy in the U.S. and China. Speakers include Washington state Lt. Governor Brad Owen, and the Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Seattle, Andy Chin.
Wong was Boeing’s first engineer. He was born in Beijing, China in 1893, and hired in 1916 as a recent MIT graduate to design a new military training plane, soon to be known as the Model C. The plane was the young company’s first financial success. Wong later returned to China and became a major influence on aviation in that country. He died in Taiwan in 1965.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5 to 9:00 p.m.
Lunar New Year-themed family activities
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Life & Legacy of Wong Tsoo, Boeing’s First Engineer
Introduction to the Evening’s Program –
Andy Chin, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Seattle
Wong Tsoo’s Legacy at Boeing –
Paul Spitzer, former Boeing Corporate Historian
Wong Tsoo’s Life in China –
Key Donn, retired Boeing engineer, Museum of Flight docent
Remembering an Interview with William Boeing, Jr. –
Hao Chen, documentary researcher
Wong Tsoo’s Contributions to Washington Early Aviation Industry –
Brad Owen, Washington state Lt. Governor
Audience and speaker Q & A
7 to 8 p.m.
Seattle Chinese Chorus
About the Museum of Flight
Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit 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 also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. 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 on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
2016 Boeing Centennial Recognition
The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its centennial, 2016. The Museum-wide Boeing recognition will be enhanced with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.
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. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org