Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight
WHAT: The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service created this exhibit that looks at the contributions of some of the most important African American aviators who helped make the dream of careers in flight and space exploration possible.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through June 14.
WHERE: Future of Flight Aviation Center, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo.
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THE EXHIBIT: Divided into six sections, “the exhibit details the evolution of aviation through the stories of African Americans who dreamed of flying. Among the people included in the exhibit are Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to obtain her pilot’s license, and aviator William J. Powell, who led an ambitious program to promote aviation in the African American community.
Other whose contributions are explored include the Tuskegee Airmen, the first military division of African American pilots who fought in World War II, and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to fly in space.
THE BOOK: The exhibition is based on the book “Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History” (HarperCollins, 2008), written by exhibition curator Von Hardesty of the National Air and Space Museum. Copies of the book can be purchased at the Boeing Store located at the Future of Flight.
ADMISSION: Included in Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour admission with advance purchase. $18 for adults and $12 youth ages 6-15. Also included in the Gallery/Strato Deck only admission (no Boeing tour): $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and younger.