Scholarly Saturdays – Germany's WWII Riesenflugzeuge
SATURDAY - FEB 3, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM       < Back to Events

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During WWII, German's resources and supply lines were overextended, and the resupply over vast distances in the East and across the Mediterranean became a challenge that would eventually contribute to Germany's downfall. One attempt of the Luftwaffe's Transportgeschwader (transport command) to resolve this challenge was the introduction of the Messerschmitt Me 321 (a transport glider) and the Me 323, a powered version of this aircraft with six 1200 hp radial engines. With a wingspan of 180 ft (a Boeing 747 measures 195 ft!), these aircraft were a class by themselves, whose time had not yet come.

German born spacecraft propulsion engineer and aviation historian Dr. Dieter M. Zube will return to FHCAM on Saturday, February, 3rd at 2:00 pm to present on the development history, design, performance (or lack thereof) and operational use of these behemoths of the air.

Dr. Zube is a graduate of the aerospace engineering department of Germany's Stuttgart University and for more than 20 years has worked as a senior technical staff member on spacecraft propulsion systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne on Redmond, WA. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and volunteers as a docent and expert in spaceflight and German aerospace history at the Seattle Museum of Flight. His presentation on the Messerschmitt Giganten will be his fourth presentation at the FHCAM.

Scholarly Saturdays are free with paid FHCAM Museum Admission.
Ticket Info
Adult (18+) $16
Military $14
AAA Discount $14
Senior (65+) $14
Youth (6-17) $12
Child (5 and under) FREE

Paine Field
by Steve K. Bertrand

Book_PaineField.jpgThis pictorial history includes more than 200 images from the local community, historical societies, regional libraries, and state archives, and traces the rich history of Paine Field from its earliest days to its present status as a bustling airport and commercial aviation center.

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