Flight Operations


As our seasonal focus turns indoors, HFF is pleased to announce its fall/winter series, “The History of Airlines.” Mike Lombardi launched the series during Vintage Aircraft Weekend with a brilliant survey of United Airlines. Join us on October 14th or 17th for David Lednicer’s presentation on Northwest (Orient) Airlines. Each fall/winter airline history will first air on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. with a reprise at noon on the Saturday following.

To encourage comparisons, each speaker will address:

• Interesting people, from CEOs to rank and file
• Internal/external politics
• The impact of government regulations on operations
• Engineers and their relationships with aircraft manufacturers
• The basis of aircraft acquisition decisions
• Marketing and sales strategies to keep the competitive edge

The sequence will be:

Northwest Orient Airlines (October, David Lednicer)
American Airlines (November, Mike Lavelle)
Trans World Airlines (January, Barry Latter)
Eastern Airlines (February, Bill McCutcheon)
Imperial Airways (March, Andy Wyatt)

October 6 through December 8, Tuesday Nights at 5 p.m., “Understanding Airplanes,” HFF

Designed for curious airplane enthusiasts, this course covers the basics of aerodynamics, airplane engines and airplane structures. Instructor Bernardo Malfitano explores airplane design features and why they were chosen: from biplanes to jetliners, from bush planes to fighter jets. After looking at how airplanes evolved over the decades, the course focuses on exciting experimental technologies currently shaping the airplanes of the future.

“Understanding Airplanes” is offered to the general public through the University of Washington Experimental College. Classes will convene at Historic Flight Foundation on Tuesday evenings, October 6 to December 8 (except Thanksgiving week), at 5 p.m. To register, contact HFF Visitor Services (visitorservices@historicflight.org or 425.348.3200), or visit http://www.understandingairplanes.com.

In previous years, the course has been taught at the University of Washington, Stanford University, and Everett Community College. It is being evaluated by Boeing as training for new-hires who do not have an aeronautical background.

October 14 at 7 p.m. and October 17 at noon, “Northwest Orient Airlines,” HFF

Northwest Orient Airlines began as a mail carrier from Chicago to Minneapolis. The name comes from the US Northwest Territories, “northwest” only in the sense that they were north and west of the east coast. NWA’s first long-haul route linked Minneapolis to Seattle. The word “Orient” was added when NWA established northern Pacific routes shortly after the end of WWII. Come hear David Lednicer relay how a fledgling Midwest mail carrier evolved into a major international airline.

October 24 at 11 a.m., “Member Ride Day,” HFF

Join us for flight experiences in the DC-3, B-25, and de Havilland Beaver. We will show you our favorite fall foliage.

November 4 at 7 p.m. and November 7 at noon, “American Airlines,” HFF

American Airlines attributes its early survival and growth through the Depression, World War II, and into the jet age, to its very special leader, C.R. Smith. How was this non-technical executive astute enough to talk Donald Douglas into building the DC-3? How did American become the first domestic airline to introduce the Boeing 707 on their long haul routes? Speakers Bureau Chair Mike Lavelle will explain the distinguishing characteristics of American leading to its consistent blending of the right aircraft on the right routes with the right personnel.

To become a member and 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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