This is the only Hamilton H-47 [first flown in 1928] in the world left flying. It was caught taking off from Paine Field with a Dreamlifter and 787 Dreamliner in the background.

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.

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.

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.

An AN_124 takes off during Paine Field Aviation Day. Image: David Parker Brown.

An AN-124 takes off during Paine Field Aviation Day. After taking off, it was interesting seeing the smoke coming from the engines.

A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter lifts off as volunteers watch. Notice the classic bi-planes (which guests could pay to fly on) in the background.

A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter lifts off as volunteers watch. Notice the classic bi-planes (flights available for a price) in the background.

#AvGeeks of all ages enjoy looking at the aircraft on display and watching those fly overhead.

#AvGeeks of all ages enjoying looking at the aircraft on display and watching those fly overhead

Vintage aircraft were part of the event as well. Image: David Parker Brown.

Vintage aircraft were part of the event as well

An ANA 787 Dreamliner was on display and allowed guests to get up close and personal. Other 787s in the background were a bit jealous. Image: David Parker Brown.

An ANA 787 Dreamliner on display allowed guests to get up close and personal. Other 787s in the background were a bit jealous.

No matter what kind of airplanes you like (warplanes, commercial, general aviation, helicopters, etc) they were at Paine Field.

No matter what kind of airplanes you like (warplanes, commercial, general aviation, helicopters, etc.) they were at Paine Field

The event is more than just about planes. Certain aspects put the aircraft into a historical perspective.

The event is about more than just planes. Certain exhibits put the aircraft into a historical perspective.

The Historic Flight Foundation's DC-3 and the Museum of Flight's Boeing 247 in United livery.

The Historic Flight Foundation’s DC-3 and the Museum of Flight’s Boeing 247 in United livery sit on the west side of the field

A Thomson Boeing 787 entertains the crowd.

A Thomson Boeing 787 entertains the crowd

A close up of the Hamilton.

A close up of the Hamilton H-47 (reg NC-879H) as it started its engines before taxi and take off

 

We were treated to a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Not officially part of the show, but exciting none-the-less.

We were treated to a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Not officially part of the show, but exciting none-the-less.

How many sweet planes can you find in this shot?

How many sweet planes can you find in this shot?

A brand spanking new Boeing 777-300ER takes off and heading to Saudi Arabia.

A brand spanking new Boeing 777-300ER takes off, heading to Saudi Arabia

SEE MORE PAINE FIELD AVIATION DAY PHOTOS

If you are going to be in the Seattle area this weekend, be sure to head up to Paine Field for Vintage Aircraft Weekend. The event will occur from Friday, August 30th unitl Sunday, Sept 1st, where a wide range of vintage aircraft will be flying into KPAE.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: [email protected]

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Some great photo’s here David. It was worth posting late than never. I particularly liked the close up of Hamilton H-47. A really interesting bit of engineering.

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