January 18, 7 p.m. and January 21 at noon, HFF
“Air Race Engines”
The heart of every aircraft is its engine. Barry Latter explores technical variables affecting engine output and the risks taken by extraordinary people to provide excitement for Depression-era crowds. While the United States remained politically neutral until Pearl Harbor, race engine development became a legal, parallel channel for advancing military powerplants.
February 15, 7 p.m. and February 18 at noon, HFF
What inspired men and woman to fly in these air races – piloting fast and sometimes unproven aircraft – pushing themselves and their planes to the limit? Bill McCutcheon addresses their backgrounds, personalities and idiosyncrasies. Successful air race pilots enjoyed celebrity status and often prospered financially. Others paid the cost of aviation progress with their lives.
February 18, 8:30 a.m. to late afternoon, HFF
TBM-Avenger Ground School
HFF is pleased to offer the first TBM-Avenger ground school in the Pacific Northwest in many years. Featuring TBM-Avenger “Ida Red,” the course will cover aircraft systems, normal and emergency procedures, aircraft history, and a thorough pre-flight inspection. Pilots and non-pilots with an interest in the type are encouraged to enroll through Visitor Services. The $250 tuition includes course materials and lunch. The class will adjourn briefly for the HFF presentation on “Air Racers.”
To participate in any or all of these activities, please call Visitor Services at 425.348.3200 or email