Polish community celebrates Piasecki and LOT Dreamliner

Pictured above are SGSCA members Carol Forte, Barb Wodzin, Barb & Glen Lee as they enjoy the ambiance of the Piasecki exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Fr. Stanislaw Michalek of St. Margaret’s ‘blessed’ the 787 LOT Dreamliner before takeoff.

Members of the Polish community were treated to the grand opening ceremonies of an exhibition by the Polish Aviation Museum of Krakow entitled “Frank Piasecki and other Polish Aviation Designers” at the Seattle Museum of Flight.  There was great food, and a wonderful presentation by Witkacy Theater.

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The Polish-American Chamber of Commerce in Seattle coordinated a seminar for Seattle based businesses to learn more about creating partnerships with Poland especially in the aerospace sector.  Meetings were held at the World Trade Center.
Special guests from Poland included: Mr. Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador of Poland to the US; Beata Stelmach, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Poland; Eric Steward, President, US – Poland Business Council; Marcin Pirog, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. Representatives of the Institute of Aviation, Polisch Academy of Sciences, Aviation Valley, Katowice Special Economic Zone, Bumar Group University of Warsaw, and Jeppesen Poland were all in attendance. Nicole Piasecki, VP of Business Development & Strategic Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes was special guest speaker.

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It was an exciting day not only for Boeing but for the polish community as well. Members of the SGSCA and PHA were on hand as LOT took delivery of it’s first 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field in Everett.  Fr. Stanislaw Michalek of St. Margaret’s ‘blessed’ the aircraft shortly before takeoff. Local media, AP media and Poland’s media covered this worldwide event.  The aircraft landed at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport at 10:51 a.m. local time and was greeted with a traditional water salute.

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