If you are an AvGeek and are either going to be in the Seattle area or need an excuse to visit Seattle on May 18th, you need to attend Paine Field Aviation Day.
If you have not been in a while, things have changed quite a bit — it is bigger and better than ever.
- All day Family Friendly Event
- Annual Spring event has been occurring for over seventeen years in May
- Aircraft from both the Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation fly throughout the day
- Access to hundreds of vintage, warbirds, and new aircraft on display
- Local food and beverage vendors
- Firefighters’ Fly Day 5k Run
- Burn Center Charity Pancake Breakfast at the Paine Field Fire Department
- Free Young Eagles introductory flights for kids ages 8-17 (seating limited)
- Car collection and fire engine displays
- Local non-profit organizations information booths
- Access to the Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation collections
- Free parking and shuttles
- Seattle Seafair Pirates and Moby Duck
- Kid Zone with bouncy houses, face painting, games and more
The Boeing 247D and a 787 Dreamliner are almost nose to nose. Taken from Paine Field Aviation Day 2012.
One of the best parts is seeing all the people who share a love for aviation. To learn more, check out their website and we hope to see you there!
A Boeing 747-400F taxi’s during Paine Field Aviation Day 2009. Photo by Les Smith.
Sometimes a photo (or two) come along that I feel defines why I do this blog and love aviation. These are two of those photos and I wanted to share. These show one of the last 744F’s taxiing and taking off at Paine Field. But the photos are not about the aircraft, but for me, it is about the people (and especially that child waving).
Its departure was not a planned part of Paine Field Aviation Day, but it made most attendees stop in their tracks to enjoy the show. A big thanks to Les Smith for letting me share his photos!
An lift off. Photo by Les Smith.
The Boeing 247D and a 787 Dreamliner are almost nose to nose. About 80 years separate these two airliners. How similar, yet different they are from each other.
The Paine Field Aviation Day this year was bigger and better than ever. More planes, more options, more access and the sunny day doesn’t hurt either. The even was divided into two events, one on the west side of the field by the Historic Flight Foundation and the other on the east side by the Flying Heritage Collection. There were shuttles that would quickly take guests to either their parking lot or the other side of the field.
Boeing pulled one of their new 777-200LRs going to Air Austral into a location where guests could get up close and personal.
A P-47D Thunderbolt, belonging to the Flying Heritage Collection, returns after flying.
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA and Republic P-47D Thunderbolt flying over Paine Field.
A Grumman F7F Tigercat, called Bad Kitty, returns from a flight, as a Cargolux Boeing 747-8F spools up for take off. You have to love Paine Field.
Come for the war birds. Stick around to watch the new Boeing 747-8F take off. Why not?
it is plane porn, watching Bad Kitty raise her wings.
How can you not love Paine Field when you are watching classic war birds flying in the sky and they take a break to let a brand new Boeing 747-8F take off? A big cheers to all those who worked hard and volunteered their time to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever. Can’t wait until next year!
CHECK ALL 40 OF MY PHOTOS FROM THE PAINE FIELD AVIATION DAY 2012
Come join us at 10am at the Paine Field Aviation Day at the Lockheed YO-3A. You can't miss it -- it is the little plane with six blades. Image from the Museum of Flight.
This Saturday will be the Paine Field Aviation Day. If you are planning on attending, I hope you can swing by at about 10:00am for a little Tweet Up. I know myself and Sandy with the Future of Flight will be there.
Let’s meet at the Lockheed YO-3A that will be on display at the event. It will be a big day for the YO-3A, since this will be its first public appearance after being restored by the Museum of Flight.
You can also follow along with the hashtag #PFAD12. Hope to see you there!
A view of General Aviation Day (now Paine Field Aviation Day) in 2010. Image by Liz Matzelle.
On Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field – KPAE) and the Washington Pilots Association – Paine Field Chapter will present Paine Field Aviation Day and you should come.
Admission will be $5 per person or $10 for the entire family. Admission also includes free access to the Flying Heritage Collection and the Historic Flight Foundation. Parking is free and there will be shuttles running from three designated lots throughout the day. The shuttles will drop guests off at the FHC or HFF and there will also be shuttles inside the airport to take guests from one side of the event to the other.
This will be the 17th year that the event is held and provides a bunch of activities:
* FREE YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHTS (KIDS 8-17)
* FIRE FIGHTERS FLY DAY 5K AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST ($5/person • 9:00am to 11:00am • benefiting the Northwest Burn Foundation)
* STATIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS
* SCENIC HELICOPTER & BIPLANE FLIGHTS (additional cost)
* GREAT FOOD, VENDORS AND KIDS ACTIVITIES
* AVGEEKS FROM AROUND THE GREATER SEATTLE AREA
Not all the planes just sit on the ground. F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat in formation. Photo by Liz Matzelle.
From the WPA’s press release, “Come see the latest in general aviation aircraft as well as many of the airplanes owned and operated by local private pilots. Vintage aircraft and warbirds will be on display thanks to the participation of the Museum of Flight Restoration Center, Flying Heritage Collection, Historic Flight Foundation and Cascade Warbirds. Among these will be WWII aircraft and many pre-war military and civilian aircraft. Also, in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, there will be up to 5 vintage B-25 aircraft on
display. Along with these fascinating and historic aircraft, there will be automobile displays, unlimited hydroplane displays, and some of Paine Field’s fire apparatus will also be on hand for kids to get an upclose look. Beginning at 12:00 pm, the warbirds will take flight, as well as formation flying by The Blackjack Squadron, the Cascade Warbirds and other aviation groups.”
SEE THE OFFICIAL FLYER