October 21, “NAS Whidbey Island,” Departure from HFF
Twenty HFF volunteers will enjoy a VIP tour of aviation operations including briefings on the EA-18G, P-8 and P-3; courtesy of our friends at NAS Whidbey Island.
October 26, 7:00 p.m. and October 29 at noon, HFF
“The National Air Races, 1918 – 1940″
HFF is pleased to announce its fall/winter aviation history series, “The National Air Races, 1918-1940,” presented by its Speakers Bureau. Join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. or for a reprise the following Saturday, at noon. Please use these events to introduce friends to HFF.
In the initial presentation on October 26 and 29, Mike Lavelle will survey air racing events from post-WWI to the eve of WWII. Race promoters attracted large crowds and international media attention despite the Depression. Having an air race enhanced the reputations of host cities. The economics of these events benefitted aircraft engineers, manufacturers, pilots and their aircraft. The Bendix, Thompson and Schneider Cups became world famous, prized possessions. Air races were a highlight of a troubled time.
November 12 and 13, “B-25 Ground School and SIC Training,” Bergstrom Aviation, Pasco
A very popular course hits the road. On Saturday, November 12, HFF pilots will present the B-25 ground school at Bergstrom Aviation in Pasco, Washington. The course will begin at 9 a.m. and last until late afternoon. Topics include the history of the type, systems, performance, standard maneuvers, emergency procedures, and a thorough pre-flight of B-25D “Grumpy.” Malin Bergstrom will host a special tour of the original Pasco tower currently under renovation into an aviation museum. Pilots and non-pilots are invited to attend. The course fee of $250 includes all training materials and lunch. On Sunday, November 13, pilots with commercial licenses and multi-engine ratings may train for a second-in-command type rating. The SIC fee of $5,950 includes ground school and 1.5 hours of flight time in HFF’s B-25. To reserve your spot in the ground school or for the SIC rating, contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200. Ride-share opportunities will be available from HFF.
November 16, 7:00 p.m. and November 19 at noon, HFF
“Technologies Developed During the Golden Age of Air Racing”
Many racing aircraft between the world wars were faster than contemporary military designs. Aviation historian and aerodynamicist David Lednicer examines how innovative technologies developed on the race circuit became standard features of WWII fighters. Some of these technologies remain “leading edge” to this day.
December 3, noon, “Santa’s Test Flight,” HFF
Will it be the Staggerwing, Amphibious Beaver, or DC-3? Santa must decide. Join us for the big man’s annual test flight and landing at noon. Come early for a variety of hangar activities for children of all ages, and home-made holiday fare. Complimentary pictures with Santa. As an expression of your holiday generosity, kindly bring an unwrapped, new toy HFF will deliver to the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” campaign. Thank you. The more, the merrier!
January 18, 7:00 p.m. and January 21 at noon, HFF
“Air Race Engines”
The heart of every aircraft is its engine. Barry Latter explores technical variables affecting engine output and the risks taken by extraordinary people to provide excitement for Depression-era crowds. While the United States remained politically neutral until Pearl Harbor, race engine development became a legal, parallel channel for advancing military powerplants.
February 15, 7:00 p.m. and February 18 at noon, HFF
What inspired men and woman to fly in these air races – piloting fast and sometimes unproven aircraft – pushing themselves and their planes to the limit? Bill McCutcheon addresses their backgrounds, personalities and idiosyncrasies. Successful air race pilots enjoyed celebrity status and often prospered financially. Others paid the cost of aviation progress with their lives.
To participate in any or all of these activities, please call Visitor Services at 425.348.3200 or email