Flight Operations

April 21-22
British Invasion, HFF

Witness the installation of our recently overhauled Merlin engine onto our Mk. IXe Spitfire by a familiar group of chaps from Duxford, England. We expect to fly the aircraft next week.

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

To mark one hundred years of airmail service, three Speedmails will depart San Diego’s Gillespie Field on May 13 and follow the Contract Airmail 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 with a dinner at HFF. A limited number of tickets are available for $30 each at Visitor Services or through Brown Paper Tickets.

May 19
Aviation Day, Paine Field, 9-4

Join us for the traditional opening day of the flying season. HFF outdoor presentations will include static aircraft displays, ride opportunities in vintage aircraft, grandstands for viewing the flight demonstrations (noon), and a beer garden for adults. Indoors look for historic aviation artifacts and interactive family activities. Begin the day at 8 a.m. with a thrilling 5K/10K run/walk on the airport side of the fence as planes take-off and land. Enjoy a pancake breakfast offered by Mukilteo’s Red Cork Bistro. Speakers Bureau member John Fredrickson will engage history buffs with his presentation at 11 a.m. entitled “The B-25 Mitchell.” Tickets are $35 per family. HFF members will be admitted free-of-charge on the HFF (west) side. Shuttle buses will link parking lots to HFF and the west and east sides of the airport. See you on May 19th!

June 2
Felts Field Neighbor Day, Spokane, 9-4

Spokane Airports again will welcome its neighbors and other visitors to its annual open house. The entire airport community supports this effort including pilot associations, vintage aircraft restorers, flight training organizations, and Honor Point Museum. HFF has been invited to present its P-51B, “Impatient Virgin,” its Pan Am DC-3 and the TBM Avenger. Consider a weekend excursion to the east side. There is no admission charge.

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)