B-57 Canberra Association Reunion Business Meeting
Seattle WA, August 27-31, 2015
The Seattle reunion has come and gone and now is a pleasant memory for all who attended. The weather cooperated (mostly) and the events all went smoothly. The Boeing wide-body plant tour (the world's largest building, by volume) was beyond impressive as was Paul Allen's museum. Watching a Focke-Wulf 190 start, taxi and take off was something not seen every day! The locks cruise was a bit rough due to high winds but think of it as aqua aerobatics. On Sunday everyone dressed their best for the banquet at the Seattle Museum of Flight. The food, in my humble opinion, was the best I've ever been served at a banquet. At the business meeting the membership decided to keep the same officers: Pres. Dave Baird, VP Don Shields, Sec. Barb LeBlanc and new treasurer Bill Hitchcock. Washington D.C. was confirmed as the 2017 reunion site The Reunion Brat will work that one, as they did this one. See you there! Dave Baird
The 2015 Canberra Reunion will be held August 27, 31, 2015 in Seattle Washington at the Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport located at 18740 International Blvd. Seattle, WA 98188. The room rates are $129 plus tax per night. The hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle. Parking at the hotel is $22 per day "which believe it or not, is much below the normal rate!" Room reservations can be made by calling the DoubleTree at 206-246-8600. There is also a shuttle to the Westfield Southcenter mall, which is the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest.
Please make your hotel reservations early. This helps us in having the ability to add more rooms to the groups room block. The closer we get to the reunion dates, the less likely it is that we will be able to add more rooms to the block at the reduced rate. Making your reservations early does not cost you anything. The final itinerary and registration forms will be sent out in January and will also be posted on the website.
Friday August 28th - Boeing Wide Body Plant & Flying Heritage Museum
Boeing Wide Body Plant - You will be given an exclusive VIP tour of the Boeing Wide Body assembly line, the world's largest manufacturing facility. We will then head to The Flying Heritage Museum. Paul G. Allen's collection of rare military aircraft, which comprises examples from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the late '90s, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving vintage aircraft, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public. Unlike most other collections displayed in a static museum environment, many of the historic aircraft have been restored to flying condition.
Saturday August 29th - Pike Place Market & Argosy Cruise
One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the country. Taste what's in season at a farm stand. Listen to a Motown or bluegrass classic from buskers while marveling over the creativity of the goods in the crafts market. Follow the scent of baking bread down the cobblestones to a European bakery. Peruse comics, collectibles, magic tricks, vinyl records, books and rare treasures in small shops. Lunch is on your own, so be sure to eat lunch at one of the many eateries at the Market before we leave to board the Argosy Cruise boat for a 2-1/2 hour Locks Tour. The cruise connects the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of Lake Union via the Hiram Chittenden Locks. Enjoy live narration of Seattle's history, while viewing the historic waterfront. View the spectacular city skyline, one the world's largest shipping terminals, the majestic Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and the "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat.
Sunday August 30th - Museum of Flight - The Space Needle
You will be given the opportunity to visit the Museum of Flight or the Space Needle on a shuttle we will provide and if you time it right you might be able to do both. When you think of Seattle, you think of the Space Needle and if you want to rise above it all in under a minute and see breathtaking views, then the Space Needle is for you. The Museum of Flight showcases its collection of more than 150 historic air and spacecraft and related artifacts in unique and inspiring exhibits. There is something for everyone to experience in these dynamic displays presenting events that have carried us from Kitty Hawk to the moon. The history of aviation and aerospace comes alive at The Museum of Flight! Walk the aisles of Air Force One and the Concorde. Stand beniath the Blackbird spy plane. Marvel at the heroics of WWI and WWII. Plus, flight simulators, 3-D movies, the Space Shuttle Trainer, and a celebration of Amelia Earhart.
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