On May 20 Seattle author David D. Williams will shed new light on William E. Boeing’s life during a 2 p.m. lecture based upon his new book, The William E. Boeing Story – A Gift of Flight. Williams was granted unprecedented access to the Boeing family archives to create an extraordinarily vivid and accurate portrait of this influential yet private man who founded the aviation company recognized everywhere. A book signing follows the lecture and Q and A. Books are available at The Museum of Flight Store.
Author David Williams is the executive director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash. He has been involved in powerboat racing his whole life. He has written extensively about motorsports and aviation. The William E. Boeing Story is his tenth book.
Image: The original Boeing Company factory, 1917. The building is currently at The Museum of Flight. Photo courtesy The Boeing Collection at The Museum of Flight.
About The Museum of Flight
Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving 600,000 visitors. 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 at the 23-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, Air Force One, Concorde, Lockheed Blackbird and Apollo Moon rockets. In addition to the Seattle campus adjacent to King County International Airport, the Museum also has its 3-acre Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field in Everett (not currently open to the public).
With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. 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 onsite 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 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. 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