Flight Operations

August 12-13, “Vanderhoof Air Show,” Vanderhoof, B.C.

Once British Columbia’s largest air show, an inspired group of local leaders have returned this event to prominence. Tour or take a ride in HFF’s B-25D “Grumpy” and watch it fly in the show along with several other outstanding aircraft.

August 12-14, “Abbotsford International Air Show,” Abbotsford, B.C.

Designated Canada’s national air show, come witness one of the finest collections of aircraft and performers in the world. HFF is pleased to participate for the ninth consecutive year. A significant portion of its airworthy fleet will fly including the Staggerwing Beechcraft, Waco UPF-7, Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat and Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe. Limited ride opportunities will be available in the biplanes before/after the show each day. Traverse a couple of blueberry patches beyond the Sumas border crossing and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Abbotsford Air Show VIP chalets. A great day trip. See you there!

August 19-20, “AOPA Bremerton Fly-In,” Bremerton

This promises to be an event to remember. Each year, the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association designates unique venues for regional fly-ins. The Bremerton version begins Friday, the 19th, and extends through Saturday, the 20th. An array of exhibits and seminars ranges from pilot skill-building to vintage aviation featuring Historic Flight Foundation’s B-25D, “Grumpy.” Activities include a “Barnstormer Party” on Friday evening and an ice cream social on Saturday. Be sure to consult AOPA arrival procedures if you plan to travel by air.

August 20, “Props and Ponies,” Skagit Regional Airport

This annual event sponsored by Heritage Flight Museum attracts a bevy of classic cars, predominately Ford Mustangs, and a few flying versions including Historic Flight’s P-51B “Impatient Virgin.” Plan to arrive in the morning for the car show and stay into the afternoon for a flying display. Visit Heritage Flight Museum at www.heritageflight.org.

August 24-25, “Night Stalkers Association,” Gray Army Airfield, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

HFF will again support the Special Operations Aviation Regiment and its non-profit association throughout its summer celebration. Look for flight demonstration and static display of HFF’s P-51B Mustang, “Impatient Virgin,” and B-25D Mitchell bomber, “Grumpy.”

September 2-4, “Vintage Aircraft Weekend,” Paine Field

This signature event begins with a “Big Band Dinner Dance” on Friday evening from 6-10 featuring a fifteen piece swing orchestra in a setting reminiscent of the big band era. We recommended period attire. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the 100th birthday of Boeing. Both will be themes for the weekend. The main event begins Saturday at 9 with historic displays, classic vehicles, interactive family activities and live music. Aviation author and historian Mike Lavelle’s keynote presentation, “When Boeing Was Young,” highlights accomplishments, setbacks and a few choice anecdotes from the company’s first twenty-five years. At your leisure, walk among sixty-five examples of vintage aircraft and throughout the afternoon, watch them fly. The fun continues on Sunday with ride flights and BBQ. For tickets to the Big Band Dinner Dance and Vintage Aircraft Weekend, please visit www.vintageaircraftweekend.org.

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

One Response to “Flight Operations”

  1. Pixie says:

    01/29/2011: I discovered your collection today after a visit to Flight Heritage, and they told me to go check out Historic Flight. I had a wonderful time and was very impressed with your aircraft! I am truly encouraged to know that everything is in flying condition. I can’t wait to go back. I was really happy to see the Tiger Cat and also the P-51B Mustang. I see the P-51D regularly but not the B-model. I have never seen the Tiger Cat up close, and I would LOVE to see that one fly.
    By the way, I recognize one of the pictures on your site called “Four Ship Formation.” That is three P-51 Mustangs flying formation with the F-22, and that had to be taken at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends 2007 in Ohio, which I attended and took several photos like that one. That sure was a great event, and I am forever thankful to everyone who put that together.

    Crystal (a.k.a. Pixie)

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