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.
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 enjoying looking at the aircraft on display and watching those fly overhead
Vintage aircraft were part of the event as well
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
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 sit on the west side of the field
A Thomson Boeing 787 entertains the crowd
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.
How many sweet planes can you find in this shot?
A brand spanking new Boeing 777-300ER takes off, heading to Saudi Arabia
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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.
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