Christmas Ships (November 28 through December 20)
In a holiday tradition, HFF will fly its de Havilland Beaver to view the lighted Seattle skyline, then search for the Christmas Ships. Pre-flight briefings feature hot chocolate and homemade Christmas cookies. Make this a family event. Holiday flights begin on November 28 and continue on weekends through December 20. Contact Visitor Services to plan a memorable holiday excursion.
Santa’s Test Flight (December 12 at noon)
We never know if the old man will favor wheels, skis or amphibious floats, but one thing is certain. With him arrives the magic of the season. Bring your aspiring pilots to have a chat about their year. Enjoy traditional holiday activities and complimentary refreshments. If you can, bring an unwrapped, new toy for the USMC “Toys for Tots” program.
Trans World Airlines (January 13 at 7 p.m. and January 16 at noon)
The Trans World Airways story plays out against a backdrop of intense entrepreneurship in the 1920s, fiercely competitive and deeply political 1930s and the crash that killed Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. TWA encouraged design of and became the lead customer for airplanes like the DC-1 and DC-2, and pioneered high altitude flight with the first pressurized airliner, the Boeing 307. Wartime and dramatic corporate politics sidelined TWA’s founders as Howard Hughes assumed control. Development of the Lockheed Constellation occurred during Hughes’ tenure. Finally, learn about the end of the Hughes era and transformation of TWA to become the first US airline to operate an all-jet fleet. Barry Latter presents this fourth installment in the Airline History Series.