You can file this story into the “better late than never,” category. Paine Field Aviation Day happened way back in May 2013 and I have been meaning to share my photos, but kept on forgetting.This year was bigger, better, and filled with some surprises that were worthy of still sharing.
This is the only Hamilton H-47 [first flown in 1928] in the world left flying (reg NC-879H). It was caught taking off from Paine Field with a Dreamlifter and 787 Dreamliner in the background.
Admission to the yearly event is only $10 and gives visitors access to the Historic Flight Foundation, the Flying Heritage Collection, lots of airplanes on the ground, and as many other awesome activities and fly-bys as one can handle.
Although there were many scheduled flights that were entertaining, as more of an airline guy, I found the standard Boeing movements just as great. Continue reading below to see some of the photos of the day, including a Boeing 747-8I, Antonov AN-124, a few Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and more.
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