The Museum of Flight Offers 1950s Weekend

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The Museum’s next monthly Boeing Centennial Weekend, May 14-15, looks at Seattle life and aviation of the 1950s-when television invaded the living rooms, movies moved outside, airplanes became jets and fast dining became Dick’s Drive-In. “Living history” actors in the galleries will keep the jet age entertaining, and they will be doling out delicious Dick’s Drive-In burgers on Saturday from noon to 1 (while supplies last). Across from this Dick’s indoor drive-in diner will be an indoor drive-in theater showing the golden age of television. On Saturday the 14th, the always-amusing aviation historian Mike Lavelle gives a presentation about the sweeping look that defined the jet age, “Swept Wings and Jet Airliners.”
Saturday, May 14
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Living history” actors add a Fifties character the galleries.
1950s television show marathon and quiz on a big screen.
Noon – 1 p.m.
“Living history” actors give away burgers from Dick’s Drive-In (while supplies last).
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Aviation historian Mike Lavelle with his presentation about sleek wings and how they defined the look of the new jet age of the 1950s, “Swept Wings and Jet Airliners.”

Sunday, May 15
11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. 2 p.m
“Living history” actors talk about the Laika the space dog and other animal astronauts of the 1950s.

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.

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. Museum admission for adults is $23 on-site and $21 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21 per adult, $13 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

2016 Boeing Centennial Exhibits
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.

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