Flight Operations

December 3, “Pan Am and the First Land-Based Transportation Routes” at 7 p.m., HFF

Continuing our autumn series on the history of Pan American World Airways, David Lednicer will consider Pan Am’s transition from flying boats to land routes, often through partnerships or subsidiaries such as Panagra, Avianca and China National Aviation Corporation. A special segment will address the history of HFF’s DC-3.

December 6, “Pan Am and the First Land-Based Transportation Routes” at noon, HFF

For those who cannot attend the Wednesday night presentation, David Lednicer will reprise the entire program on Saturday, the 6th, at noon.

December 13, Santa Claus Visits HFF at noon

Nothing against the sleigh, but wouldn’t you rather deliver toys in a red de Havilland Beaver, Staggerwing Beech or QED? Santa will ponder the possibilities during this visit to his favorite hangar. Kids of all ages will have a chance to make a wish, complete puzzles, launch two-loop gliders, decorate photo-frame cards and paint their faces. Traditional treats, of course. Bring the family.

January 7, “Introducing the Jet Age, The Boeing 707″ at 7 p.m., HFF

Barry Latter will extend the timeline to the Boeing 707 paying particular attention to the role played by Pan Am and its people in the long and successful operating history of the type. Members of Pan Am flight crews will tell tales of the early days of the jet age.

January 10, “Introducing the Jet Age, The Boeing 707″ at noon, HFF

For those who cannot attend the Wednesday night presentation, Barry Latter will again offer the entire program on Saturday, the 10th, at noon.

January 21, “Battle of Britain 75 Years On” at 7 p.m., HFF

Historic Flight Foundation is honored to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a spring series of presentations by elite aviation historians. Mike Lavelle will answer the scramble bell with “Battle of Britain 75 Years On.” John Sessions will follow with a tribute to “The Other Few” including American, Canadian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and other non-British, Battle of Britain pilots. Military re-enactors in authentic dress will participate.

January 24, “Battle of Britain 75 Years On” at noon, HFF

Mike Lavelle and John Sessions will reprise their kick-off presentation for those who could not attend on Wednesday evening.

February 4, “Just-in-Time Fighters” at 7 p.m., HFF

Barry Latter will present the particulars of the Spitfire and Hurricane; their development, manufacture and performance; in a most authentic English accent. Tea and biscuits will be served.

February 7, “Just-in-Time Fighters” at noon, HFF

This will be a second presentation of “Just-in-Time Fighters” for those who could not attend on Wednesday evening.

March 4, “The Battle of Britain Continued – The Blitz from October 1940 to May 1941″ at 7 p.m., HFF

In September, 1940, Hermann Goring recognized Royal Air Force fighters had succeeded in neutralizing Luftwaffe fighters, thereby precluding invasion of Britain before 1941. But the battle for the skies continue with bombers and rockets. Bill McCutcheon will share the weapons, key events and extraordinary people of this period.

March 7, “The Battle of Britain Continued – The Blitz from October 1940 to May 1941″ at noon, HFF

Join Bill McCutcheon for this Saturday version of the Wednesday presentation.

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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