Flight Operations

February 21, “The Battle of Britain, 75 Years On” at 3:30 p.m., the 32nd Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, Washington State Fairgrounds at Puyallup, Keynote Arena.

Join Mike Lavelle and John Sessions for a Northwest Aviation Conference Keynote presentation commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Mike will trace historical themes from WWI to July of 1940, the beginning of “The Battle.” John Sessions will honor “The Other Few,” over 500 fighter pilots from other countries who flew in the Battle of Britain.

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.

April 8, “The Real Story: British Fighters vs. German Fighters” at 7 p.m., HFF

Which side had superior aircraft? David Lednicer will compare the fighters of both sides; their virtues and limitations; and analyze why the Spitfire and Hurricane prevailed in their defensive, interceptor roles.

April 11, “The Real Story: British Fighters vs. German Fighters” at noon, HFF

Visit us on Saturday for David Lednicer’s second performance.

May 9, “Leadership, Command and Control; the Dowding Factor” at noon, HFF

Mike Lavelle will present his thesis that one person can affect the outcome of a major battle. In tribute, at 2:30 p.m., HFF will demonstrate its Supermarine Spitfire in formation with the Hawker Hurricane of Flying Heritage Collection. At 4 p.m., guests will toast the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s ascension to become Prime Minister of England.

May 16, “Paine Field Aviation Day” from 9-5, HFF and Paine Field

Come join us for the traditional opening day of the Paine Field flying season. HFF will feature historic and educational displays, fine food, live music, and of course, flying. Doors open at 9 with static displays and rides. The Speakers Bureau begins at 10 with the three-part history of Pan Am. Demonstration flying commences at noon. Live music begins at 1:30. This event features attractions on both sides of the airport with shuttle service between.

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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