Flight Operations

August 7-9, “Abbotsford International Air Show,” Abbotsford, B.C.

For the eighth consecutive year, HFF will present aircraft at Abbotsford, one of the world’s top ten air shows. Recently repainted B-25 “Grumpy” will be open for tours and fly member rides, while P-51B “Impatient Virgin” will participate in a “five-Merlin” flying routine. Performers include the Snowbirds, the Breitling Jet Team and three F-86s. Reserve your spot on a “Grumpy flight” by visiting the air show web site or contacting HFF Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

August 12-13, “Humberside Big Wing,” Humberside, United kingdom

To honor Britain on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, HFF will continue the summer campaign of its Mk. IXe Spitfire at a series of world-class flying events. The Humberside Big Wing reminds us that the Battle of Britain began in the Midlands, then moved south, primarily to Kent and London. Following Humberside, the HFF Spitfire also will appear at the RAFA Shoreham Airshow in Sussex (August 22-23), Goodwood Revival at West Sussex (September 11-13), South of England Battle of Britain Day Sortie (September 15th), and close with the Battle of Britain Anniversary Airshow at Duxford (September 19-20). Should your summer travel include one of these events, please advise HFF so we can meet you and share special passes.

August 15, “Comox Air Show,” Comox, B.C., 9-5

An open house at the most important Canadian air base on the west coast, this show features the Snowbirds, the national aerobatic team of the Canadian military. An F-18 demonstration, aerobatic displays and HFFs B-25 “Grumpy” round out the program. Visit www.comoxairshow.ca for more information.

August 22, “Challenge Air for Kids” HFF, 9-4

This magnificent national program for physically or mentally challenged kids combines a first flight experience with ground-based entertainment and education in a carnival-like atmosphere. Considered by HFF veterans the most rewarding volunteer opportunity of the year, perhaps you will spend the day with us. Volunteer pilots are especially welcome. Also, please encourage challenged kids you know to enroll. The program is free of charge.

August 22-23, “Edmonton Air Show,” Edmonton, Alberta

After an extended hiatus, the City of Edmonton will again sponsor an air show at the Villeneuve Airport on August 22-23. Famous as a Lend/Lease waypoint for bombers and fighters, and a significant WW II training base, it is fitting that HFF should deploy its B-25B “Grumpy” and P-51B “Impatient Virgin.” Air show details are available at www.edmontonairshow.com.

September 1-4, “B-25 and DC-3 Ground Schools and Pilot Training,” HFF

As a lead-in to the 8th annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend, HFF is pleased to offer B-25 and DC-3 ground schools. Qualified pilots may extend their experiences with flight training and a second-in-command type rating. Non-pilots may enroll in the ground schools to learn about the history, systems and flying characteristics of these famous aircraft. Enrollment is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

September 4-6, “8th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend,” HFF

On Friday, September 4th, witness as many as 65 pristine, vintage aircraft arrive and display on HFF’s ramp and Kilo-6. That evening, join us at 6 pm for the ever-popular “Big Band Dinner Dance” featuring swing dancers and the 18-piece “Kings of Swing.” On Saturday, enjoy living history displays, re-enactors, vintage vehicles and flying demonstrations featuring biplanes at 11, trainers at 1, warbirds at 3 and the DC-3 at 5 p.m. At noon, Director of Boeing Archives Michael Lombardi will present “The Story of United Airlines” as a prelude to HFF’s fall/winter series on airline history. On Sunday, patrons mix with pilots prior to flying demonstrations at 11 a.m. Hear live music and enjoy gourmet street food throughout the weekend. For tickets, purchase online here or contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200. Regular admission rates apply.

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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