Thursday, September 30, 2010

Space Shuttle Flag Flies Atop Space Needle in Seattle

The Museum of Flight and Convention and Visitors Bureaus from around the state joined together Wednesday to raise a flag on the roof of the Space Needle in Seattle in support of bringing a retiring US Space Shuttle to Washington state. In a news conference prior to the flag raising representatives from the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Seattle, Seattle Southside, Bellingham, Kitsap Peninsula, Spokane Valley, Tacoma and Yakima Valley offered their support as to why a shuttle would boost education, tourism and the economy in the state.

"In addition to inspiring our youth and growing our future workforce, bringing a Space Shuttle to Washington state will offer a major boost to the state economy," said Tom Norwalk, president and CEO of Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are proud to help promote this through our tourism bureaus statewide."

Retired astronaut and Wings Over Washington Executive Director Dr. Bonnie Dunbar raises the flag to the top of the Space Needle alongside Museum of Flight CEO Mike Hallman.

Television cameras from KCPQ, KING, KOMO and KIRO all attended the event. Photographers from the Seattle P.I. and the Associate Press captured the day.

KIRO7 News did a live broadcast of the event with reporter Alison Grande.

Dr. Dunbar also made an on-set appearance on KING 5 Morning News with Brad Goode prior to the flag raising to discuss the Museum of Flight teaming up with the tourism bureaus to promote the mission to bring a Space Shuttle to Seattle.

The Seattle P.I. wrote a story and published a photo gallery on their Aerospace Blog.

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