Flight Operations

September 30 at 6:00 p.m., “Sunset Flight” in the DC-3, HFF

DC-3 Members, it’s time to toast the 2016 season on a sunset flight among the mountains and islands. This has serious “date night” potential. 40s attire is encouraged.

October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., “Fly Day Finale,” HFF

We reluctantly acknowledge the onset of autumn. Join us to search for fall foliage on our last monthly Member Fly Day of the season. Member rides will be available in the B-25, T-6, de Havilland Beaver, Beechcraft Staggerwing and Grumman Tigercat. For the truly intrepid, layer up for a biplane flight in the Waco. The full collection will be on display. A great daytime activity for the entire family. Complimentary beverages and snacks. See you there! To reserve your flight, contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.

October 26, 7:00 p.m. and October 29 at noon, HFF
“The National Air Races, 1918 – 1940″

HFF is pleased to announce its fall/winter aviation history series, “The National Air Races, 1918-1940,” presented by its Speakers Bureau. Join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. or for a reprise the following Saturday, at noon. Please use these events to introduce friends to HFF.

In the initial presentation on October 26 and 29, Mike Lavelle surveys air racing events from post-WWI to the eve of WWII. Race promoters attracted large crowds and international media attention despite the Depression. Having an air race enhanced the reputations of host cities. The economics of these events benefitted aircraft engineers, manufacturers, pilots and their aircraft. The Bendix, Thompson and Schneider Cups became world famous, prized possessions. Air races were a highlight of a troubled time.

November 16, 7:00 p.m. and November 19 at noon, HFF
“Technologies Developed During the Golden Age of Air Racing”

Many racing aircraft between the world wars were faster than contemporary military designs. Aviation historian and aerodynamicist David Lednicer examines how innovative technologies developed on the race circuit became standard features of WWII fighters. Some of these technologies remain “leading edge” to this day.

January 18, 7:00 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, 7:00 p.m. and February 18 at noon, HFF
“Air Racers”

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.

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)

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