Flight Operations

February 15, 7 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.

February 18, 8:30 a.m. to late afternoon, HFF
TBM-Avenger Ground School

HFF is pleased to offer the first TBM-Avenger ground school in the Pacific Northwest in many years. Featuring TBM-Avenger “Ida Red,” the course will cover aircraft systems, normal and emergency procedures, aircraft history, and a thorough pre-flight inspection. Pilots and non-pilots with an interest in the type are encouraged to enroll through Visitor Services. The $250 tuition includes course materials and lunch. The class will adjourn briefly for the HFF presentation on “Air Racers.”

February 25-26, Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
34th Annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show

Visit the HFF exhibits at this mid-winter aviation extravaganza. Volunteer for the 2017 season! The program features Mike Lavelle, Chairman of HFF’s Speakers Bureau, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Mike will present “The National Air Races, 1918 – 1940,” a reprise of the introductory lecture in HFF’s winter series on the history of air racing.

March 25, 8:30 a.m. to late afternoon, HFF
Supermarine Spitfire Ground School

We are pleased to once again welcome our friends from Aircraft Restoration Company, Duxford, for the annual inspection of our Mk. IXe Spitfire. The inspection will commence on the 20th. On Saturday, March 25, our visitors will join Barry Latter and John Sessions to present a full-day Spitfire ground school. While the focus will be systems and procedures, we also plan a full dose of history making this course attractive to both pilots and enthusiasts. The cost of $250 includes course materials, lunch and a “proper pint” at the conclusion of proceedings. Kindly enroll through Visitor Services at 425.348.3200. You will receive a PowerPoint presentation and Pilot’s Handbook in advance of the course.

April 16-20, Wright Field, Ohio
75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

HFF B-25D “Grumpy” will honor surviving Raider Dick Cole (Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-pilot) and the memory of the other seventy-nine Raiders at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. Join us for what promises to be a defining aviation event of 2017. A mass B-25 formation and maneuvers by visiting B-1 bombers will highlight the program. The fortunate few may expect a cross-country flight in our B-25, hotel accommodations, admission to all anniversary events, tickets to the anniversary banquet at the Air Force Museum and special HFF/Doolittle crew apparel. A B-25 ground school on April 8th will help prepare the “HFF Doolittle Crew.” Space is limited. The cost is $5,000. For more details or to enlist, please call 425.348.3200. NOTICE: Only volunteers for this mission.

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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