Flight Operations

February 21
The 1934 MacRobertson Air Race, 7 p.m., HFF

In October, 1934, the Royal Aero Club sponsored a race from London to Melbourne (approximately 11,300 miles) with the prize of $75,000 provided by Sir Macpherson Robertson. Other than five compulsory stops (Baghdad, Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville, Queensland), the competitors could choose their own routes. Three purpose-build de Havilland DH.88 Comet racers joined seventeen other entrants with the winner crossing the finish line in under three days. Join Boeing Archivists John Fredrickson and Mike Lombardi to hear the entire story including rich annecdotes about challenges along the way.

February 24
The 1934 MacRobertson Air Race, noon, HFF

Join us on Saturday if you cannot come on Wednesday.

February 24 and 25
35th Annual Washington Aviation Conference and Trade Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Puyallup Fairgrounds

This is the kick-off event for the Northwest flying season. Enjoy 122,000 square feet of aviation displays including HFF pilots, docents, and historic reenactors in booth #724. Participate in our raffle for a free ride in B-25 “Grumpy.” Members of the Speakers Bureau are featured on both Saturday and Sunday. For those with career aspirations, visit on Friday, the 23rd, to meet prospective employers. See you there!

March 3
B-25 Ground School, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HFF

Join a team of HFF flight instructors for this in-depth study of B-25 Mitchell systems, procedures, and normal and abnormal flight situations. The course is required annually for HFF B-25 pilots and for any multi-engine-rated pilots intending to train for the second-in-command rating. Non-pilots are welcome. Learn the history of the type. Explore B-25 “Grumpy” as you accomplish your pre-flight inspection. The cost is $250 inclusive of lunch and all training materials which will be available upon enrollment. Second-in-command flight training will be available beginning March 5th. Please contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200 for further details.

March 7
The 1937 Transpolar Flight to the United States, 7 p.m., HFF

David Lednicer concludes our winter series with a tale of cutting-edge aeronautical engineering and political intrigue. In 1931, the Soviet Revolutionary Military Council directed the development of a long-range record-breaking aircraft. The ANT-25 ended up making two record breaking flights in 1937, in June from Moscow to Vancouver Washington and then in July from San Jacinto, California.

March 10
The 1937 Transpolar Flight to the United States, noon, HFF

David Lednicer will reprise his Wednesday presentation.

April 12-19
RAF Centenary Celebration, Washington, D.C.

By invitation of the British Embassy, B-25D “Grumpy,” painted in RAF livery, will cross the country for three days of memorials and commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. On April 15th the Udvar-Hazy facility of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will feature airworthy examples of twenty types at one time flown by the RAF including the B-25, Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber from Canada. On the 16th, these aircraft will fly in formation over the memorial of the U.S. Air Force, that day adapted for use by the Royal Air Force. The following day (permissions pending), the formations will fly down the Potomac, abeam the White House and along the Smithsonian Mall toward the Capitol. The HFF crew for this trip will include several “Mitchell Members.” If you would like to participate with HFF in “RAF 100,” contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

May 13-18
The Centenary of Air Mail, San Diego to HFF (CAM #8)

To mark one hundred years of air mail service, three Speedmails will depart San Diego’s Gillespie Field on May 13 and follow the Contract Air Mail Route #8 on their way to HFF. Planned stops (and the name of the airfield specified in CAM #8) include Los Angeles (Angeles Mesa Drive Airport), Bakersfield (Meadows Field), Fresno (Chandler Field), San Jose (Alum Rock Airport), San Francisco (Crissy Army Field), Medford (Newell Barber Field), Vancouver (Pearson Army Field) and Seattle (Sand Point Airfield). During the journey, visit HFF’s Facebook page and a tracking link through this website for progress reporting. Celebrate arrival of the Speedmails on the evening of the 18th.

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)