Foundation-Sponsored Special Events
In addition to its many education programs held at the Future of Flight, the Foundation also presents or co-sponsors a variety of special events.
In the summer of 2010 the Foundation held an aviation design and art show that showcased innovative aircraft ideas from kids of all ages. Each participant received an i-4innovation window-cling badge. The show (which was not a competition) was inspired by 8-year-old Harry Winsor of Boulder, Colorado, son of John Winsor, CEO of Victors and Spoils, blogger and author of several books on product innovation and collaboration. When young Harry submitted an airplane design idea to The Boeing Company and received a standard form letter response that appeared to be aimed at adults, Harry’s father posed a question on his blog about what he should tell Harry. The amazing response he got from blog readers and from The Boeing Company as a result of attention from followers on Winsor’s Twitter account was touted as an excellent customer service win for The Boeing Company.
On August 6, 2010, award-winning author and radio producer Harriet Baskas signed books at the Future of Flight. She had authored several works, including Washington Curiosities and Washington Icons, a fun, offbeat guide to more than 200 unusual people, places, things, and events in the Evergreen State. Ms. Baskas wrote about airports, air travel, unusual museums, and other topics for MSNBC.com, USATODAY.com and many other outlets. During the book signing, the Future of Flight Gift Shop offered wine tasting and discounts of up to 50 percent on selected Northwest wines.