April 3
“Aircraft Radios and Navigation”
HFF, 7 p.m.

Boeing Associate Technical Fellow John Somerville will discuss the transition from looking over the side to looking inside, 1927-1957. Join us to explore the earliest forms of navigation using terrestrial objects and landmarks, and use of the horizon to maintain level flight. The progression continues to light and beacon technology. John will present this history using radio panels of HFF aircraft, focusing on the role of human factors in systems design. Regular admission rates apply to the fourth presentation in HFF’s winter series on “The Grand Designs of the Golden Age of Aviation.”

April 6
“Aircraft Radios and Navigation”
HFF, noon

John Sommerville will reprise his Wednesday night presentation at noon on Saturday. Introduce a friend to HFF.

April 13
HFF, 8 a.m.
B-25 Ground School

Join our excellent flight instructors for a day-long ground school exploring the history, systems, performance, and emergency procedures for the type made immortal in the Doolittle Raid, the North American B-25 Mitchell. Participate in a pre-flight inspection of HFF’s N88972, “Grumpy.” This course is open to pilots and non-pilots. The $250 fee includes all training materials and lunch. Completion of the course is a requirement for pilots aspiring to earn a second-in-command type rating ($5,950) and for returning HFF B-25 pilots. Flight training for the second-in-command type rating will commence on April 14th, weather permitting. Enroll by calling Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

May 11
HFF, 9 a.m.
Opening Day

Opening Day of flying season is May 11. Bid “Bon Voyage” to our Douglas C-47B/DC-3 as it departs at 3 p.m. for Normandy, France to participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Enjoy special exhibits, live music, picnic fare, and a noontime D-Day presentation by Mike Lavelle. Watch our storied fleet of aircraft take to the sky as Foundation members fly throughout the day. Join HFF and experience a flight yourself. Call Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

This event is free for Foundation members. Non-members will be admitted at standard rates.

To participate in any or all of these activities, please call Visitor Services at 425.348.3200 or email visitorservices@historicflight.org.










Mustang in the Air

Mustang in the Air










Bad Kitty (Grumman Tigercat)

Bad Kitty (Grumman Tigercat)










Four Ship Formation

Four Ship Formation

6 Responses to “News-Events”

  1. Betty and David Ruckhaber says:

    We have now attended both of the Pan Am presentations in this 3-part series about Pan American Airways. David Lednicer and Barry Latter have done a fantastic job of presenting their extensive research, photos, and stories about Pan American Airways, and the story of Historic Flight’s DC-3 as a Pan American Airliner. We look forward to the third in the series about Pan Am during the jet age in January.

    We commend Historic Flight Foundation for offering such interesting and educational presentations. Thank you!

  2. Spent a lovely afternoon today with my WWII peeps at the Historic Flight Foundation for their event, “The Art of the Flight Jacket.” I have to say that I am really loving this era.

  3. Betty and Dave Ruckhaber says:

    Today’s presentation by Lou Sapienza, “Duck Hunting in Greenland,” was fabulous! It was so interesting to hear the story of how the team discovered the crash site of the WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft beneath the ice in Greenland. It was so amazing to see and hear, firsthand from Mr. Sapienza, what it took for the expedition to locate this wreck after 70 years, and to see his beautiful photographic images of the area and event.

    We appreciate all of the very interesting live presentations by individuals and panels, and all of the events at Historic Flight–and, of course, the beautiful display of live, vintage aircraft.

  4. Bill Gildea says:

    I’m interested in the P-40 recovery project. My mother was stationed in North Africa during WW II as a captain in the army nursing corps. She used to love to tell stories about hitching rides with the P-40 pilots to Cairo. They would ride on the pilots laps which happened to be the only available place to sit. I can’t help but wonder if mom rode in this plane. Her unit was eventually overrun by Rommel and she got to meet the “desert fox” who, incidentally, had no interest in capturing any of the hospital personnel.

    Another interesting bit of trivia about our armed forces was when the unit put on a party, they would load the beer into the bomb bay of a B-24 and fly around for several hours at high altitude to chill the cargo!

  5. Paul Sorensen says:

    Thank you John for participating in our Props & Ponies show here in Bellingham! The 3 Mustangs fly-by was a rare event and appreciated by all who were here ( and wowed – I’m sure everyone around Bellingham
    who saw it! )
    Also want to mention the Spitfire burning up the grass along the runway, as you made your final pass before leaving for home.
    The sound of that particular Rolls in the Spitfire is just awesome!!

    Thanks again.

  6. Betty and Dave Ruckhaber says:

    We were present at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue, WA, at their Memorial Day Ceremony. Capt. Frank Selden was just finishing his presentation when the audience and participants began hearing the distant sounds of a B-25’s engines. It came closer and closer, and almost as an exclamation point on Capt. Selden’s presentation, Grumpy came into view with the rumble of his powerful engines. The audience cheered and applauded as Grumpy circled the cemetery in honor of those who have given their lives for our country, and who have served or are serving our country. We were so proud to be there to witness this incredible and meaningful tribute! Thank you, Historic Flight Foundation!