Flight Operations

August 11-13
Abbotsford International Airshow, Canada

Our friends at Abbotsford Airshow plan to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in fine style. New to airshows? You can visit one of the top ten in the world by making a day trip (passport required). This is HFF’s tenth year on the program, this time with its B-25D, P-51B, Staggerwing Beech, de Havilland Rapide and TBM Avenger. The fun begins on Friday night with daytime shows on Saturday and Sunday.

August 19
August Member Fly Day, HFF

Visit HFF for its monthly Member Fly Day, this one featuring the Supermarine Spitfire. At noon, Speakers Bureau member and retired Boeing executive Barry Latter will give a hangar briefing on the history of this premier fighter. Spitfire pilots will describe its unique flying characteristics and share personal anecdotes. Fish and chips will be served. By special arrangement, HFF will present vintage aerial footage of Spitfires in action. Flights will be available in collection aircraft throughout the day. It’s best to make a reservation.

August 26-27
DC-3 Ground School and Flight Training, 8-5, HFF

In anticipation of Vintage Aircraft Weekend, join us for the acclaimed DC-3 ground school on Saturday, August 26th. Pilots, historians and enthusiasts; all are welcome. It is a requirement for pilot training which for qualified pilots can begin on Sunday the 27th. Doors will open at 8 a.m. The curriculum includes normal and emergency procedures, systems, the history of the type, and a thorough pre-flight inspection using HFF’s DC-3. Tuition ($250) covers the course, course materials and lunch. Come share the joy of the DC-3. Visitor Services will accept your reservation at 425.348.3200.

September 1
Big Band Dinner Dance, 6-10 p.m., HFF

Dust off those dancing shoes and put a crease in that vintage uniform. It’s time to join the seventeen-piece “Kings of Swing” for the Big Band Dinner Dance. First-rate music and vocals will enhance a gourmet meal. Professional swing dancers will perform and patiently coach those of us not naturally inclined. And on the main stage look for two superb nationally renown acts; Bill Johnson, a brilliant impersonator of Bob Hope, and Company B, an award-winning tribute to the Andrews Sisters. This evening will be a show stopper. Limited seating. Tickets available now for tables or couples. Visit http://bigbanddinnerdance17.bpt.me.

September 2-3
Vintage Aircraft Weekend, 9-5, HFF

Congratulations to all the volunteers, aircraft owners and pilots who have helped HFF offer this premier early-autumn event for ten consecutive years. Sixty-five vintage aircraft are expected, as are numerous displays of vintage clothing, cars, military vehicles and collectibles, with vintage live music and fine food to enhance your visit. This event has grown to the point that it requires its own web site. Please visit www.vintageaircraftweekend.com for the latest on participating aircraft and special opportunities, such as twilight flights and a photo shoot. Discounted advance tickets available now.

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)