Flight Operations

November 28 through December 20, Christmas Ships, HFF

Honoring a holiday tradition, HFF will fly its de Havilland Beaver to view the lighted Seattle skyline, then search for the Christmas Ships. Pre-flight briefings feature hot chocolate and homemade Christmas cookies. Make this a family event. Holiday flights begin on November 28 and continue on weekends through December 20. Contact Visitor Services to plan a memorable holiday excursion.

December 12 at noon, “Santa’s Test Flight,” HFF

We never know if the old man will favor wheels, skis or amphibious floats, but one thing is certain. With him arrives the magic of the season. Bring your aspiring pilots to have a chat about their year. Enjoy traditional holiday activities and complimentary refreshments. If you can, bring an unwrapped, new toy for the USMC “Toys for Tots” program.

January 13 at 7 p.m. and January 16 at noon, “Trans World Airlines,” HFF

The Trans World Airways story plays out against a backdrop of intense entrepreneurship in the 1920s, fiercely competitive and deeply political 1930s and the crash that killed Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. TWA encouraged design of and became the lead customer for airplanes like the DC-1 and DC-2, and pioneered high altitude flight with the first pressurized airliner, the Boeing 307. Wartime and dramatic corporate politics sidelined TWA’s founders as Howard Hughes assumed control. Development of the Lockheed Constellation occurred during Hughes’ tenure. Finally, learn about the end of the Hughes era and transformation of TWA to become the first US airline to operate an all-jet fleet. Barry Latter presents this fourth installment in the Airline History Series.

February 3 at 7 p.m. and February 6 at noon, “Eastern Airlines,” HFF

Led initially by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Eastern Airlines was one of the “Big Four” domestic airlines created by the 1930 “Spoils Conference.” A near-monopoly of the New York to Florida market (“Number one to the sun”) supported rapid growth. Labor disputes and debt strained the company under former Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, who assumed executive leadership in 1975 and continued until 1986. In that year Frank Lorenzo acquired the airline and moved most of its assets to Texas Air and Continental Airlines. Eastern ran out of money and was liquidated in 1991 with most of its routes to Latin America and the Caribbean acquired by American and Delta Airlines. Hear Bill McCutcheon explain the reasons for the rise and fall of this important airline.

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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