Flying Heritage Collection’s P-47 Thunderbolt “Tallahassee Lassie” doing a very low pass at Paine Field Aviation Day
2014 marked my third Paine Field Aviation Day (PFAD) and it signaled a great start to what is rumored to be a very extensive flying season. Both Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) and Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) put in some effort to make this one of the best days yet.
Sadly, the clouds and rain loomed in the morning, which kept away a lot of the crowds. Great for photos, not so great for attendance. From the HFF side of the airport, it did seem very quiet compared to previous years. But this year I joined the crowds on the berm for some amazing photos.
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!