Lighten up and celebrate Earth Day at the Future of Flight

Apr 19, 2011

What does an airplane such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner have in common with Wikispeed’s SGT01 (its parts are interchangeable), Western Washington University’s Viking 45 (no it’s not a household appliance), Northwest Wind Power’s energy ball (it has turbine blades) have in common?  

They are lightweight, fuel efficient, made of advanced composite materials, innovative and a way to learn more about how new technology will help us lighten up and celebrate Earth Day, every day. 

On Friday, April 22, 2011, Future of Flight Aviation Center invites the public to celebrate Earth Day by visiting between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  An official program presented by Snohomish County PUD Legislative Liaison, Brenda White, begins at 10 a.m. Wikispeed driving demonstrations will run until 3 p. m.  Earth Day activities, which include all the aviation gallery exhibits as well, are $5, children 5 and under are free.

Other activities on Earth Day include presentations by students from Edmonds Community College’s Materials Science Technology class (a windmill), Marysville Arts and Technical High School -who will display a  solar car project, and Totem Middle School students, who completed a six-week Flights of Innovation education program at Future of Flight and will discuss Flight 1 of the program, which includes innovative solutions to a climate change issue.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center is a unique learning and interpretive facility designed to give wings to innovative thinking. The 73,000-square-foot Future of Flight facility includes a 28,000-square-foot Aviation Gallery with interactive exhibits and displays, 9,000-square-foot rooftop observation deck overlooking Paine Field, Boeing Tour Center, conference space for 250 people, special event space for groups of up to 750 people, a 240-seat theater, 125-seat café, Future of Flight Store and Boeing Store.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is open from 8:30am – 5:30pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tours of the Boeing Assembly Plant operate daily at 9, 10, 11am and 1, 2 and 3pm.