Join us for the Seattle SFTE 50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Seattle Chapter of SFTE is proud to announce the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Society, which was founded right here in Seattle in 1968 by the Boeing engineers working on the original 737-100 flight test program.

The event will be held on Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and we will be honoring our legacy during this two-day event.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 1 – Symposium

8:00amCheck In & Coffee Reception
9:15amFeatured Presentation

Lee Eccles - Boeing Retired
Digital Data Acquisition: Past, Present, and Future
12:30pmPresentation Session 1: The Last 50 Years

Jon Whitworth - Boeing Retired, SFTE Founding Member
A History of the Society

Darren McDonald - Boeing
Fresh Perspectives: A Paper from the Archives

Leon Robert - Boeing Retired
Eddie Allen, The B-17, and the Beginnings of Boeing Flight Test
2:00pmCoffee Break
2:30pmPresentation Session 2: The Next 50 Years

Mark Malone - Boeing
Flight Test Flow Cone Analysis System

Karine Chen & Hannah Rotta - University of Washington
UAS Position Estimation in GPS-Degraded and Denied Environments Via ADS-B and Multilateration Fusion

Hilary Lawlor - University of Washington
Printed Multifunctionals Skins for Aircraft Sensing and Testing
4:00pmCocktail Reception

Saturday, June 2 – Celebration

10:00am - 5:00pmFree museum admission to all of Friday's attendees
1:00pm - 2:30pmPanel Discussion
Open to the public
Flight Testing: Past, Present, and Future
2:30pm - 5:00pmFlight Test Airplane Tours
All four of the museum's 7-series test airplanes (727, 737, 747, 787) will be open to the public for viewing. SFTE Members will volunteer as docents to engage with the public on the airplanes.
6:00pm - 7:30pmCelebration Dinner


Please consider sponsoring a student to attend the Symposium! SFTE reaches out to many schools to promote STEM education and engage young minds interested in the pursuit of flight testing. You have the option of a partial student sponsorship for $40 or a full student sponsorship for $75. Seattle has invited students from the University of Washington and Raisbeck Aviation High School to attend the event, and your sponsorship will make it possible!

Registration and Payment

Your registration fee covers Friday Symposium Attendance and comes with free admission to the Museum of Flight on Saturday (a $24 value!). You also have the option of either partially ($40) or fully ($75) sponsoring a student to attend the Symposium. Registration using this form automatically adds you to the RSVP list for the Saturday event and the Celebration Dinner. Please select a payment option below:

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Additional Guests/Sponsorship

If you are interested in bringing more than one guest, or sponsoring more than one student to attend, please use the form below to contact a chapter officer and arrange payment outside the website.

Please note how many people you would like to bring and their names.

Saturday Event Only Signup

If you wish to attend the Saturday event ONLY, please RSVP using the form below. Please note that you will need to purchase your own Museum Admission for the event.

Museum Information

The event will be held at the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way, Seattle, WA 98108, in the View Lounge.