This week The Museum of Flight will host a unique learning opportunity for the visitors. Orange and white Coast Guard helicopters are a familiar sight to many living near the waters of the Northwest, and members of the public can only wonder about their life-saving missions as they quickly fly past us. On May 18, former Chief Warrant Officer and Coast Guard rescue swimmer George Cavallo will convey insights into those missions. Cavallo integrates his expertise in visual arts and compelling storytelling with a gripping program based upon his memoir, Sharks and Daisies – Tales of a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer.

Cavallo paints a vivid portrayal of the intense world of rescue swimming, narrating the physical and emotional challenges faced by those risking their lives for others.  At the same time, he effectively underscores themes of resilience, determination and the indomitable human spirit. The 2 p.m. program is free for Museum Members and included with Museum admission. A book signing follows the event.

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 every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $26. Youth 5 through 17 are $18, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $22. Groups of ten or more: $20 per adult, $13 per youth, $18 per senior. Admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. The Museum offers free quarterly Sensory Day programs, $3 admission through the Museums for All program, plus military and other discounts. Parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.