By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
You’ll be able to see a Bearcat, a Skyraider and a Mustang.
You can take a flight or be inspired by pilots who have battled diversity and disabilities to take to the sky.
There’s that and more at the Historic Flight Foundation’s fifth annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field.
The event takes off Friday night with a dinner if you are among the 250 lucky patrons who got tickets for a “Big Band Dinner Dance” featuring the 15-piece, tuxedo-clad “Kings of Swing.” There will be group swing-dance lessons offered by guest professionals and period attire is encouraged.
This signature aircraft event, however, begins Saturday where visiting pilots and aircraft will number 65, and be ready for a public viewing, representing examples of aviation spanning three decades, from Charles Lindbergh’s solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1927 to a Boeing jet flying the same route in 1957, according to the Vintage Aircraft website.
Saturday’s event includes speakers, live music, vintage automobiles and bicycles, military vehicles and two flying sessions of vintage aircraft.
Among the aircraft you might see will be the P-51, also known as the “100-day wonder” of World War II, an aircraft that was designed and built by North American Aviation from the ground up in 100 days, according to the website.
There will also be the B-25D Mitchell Bomber, one of the hardiest of planes, the P-51B Mustang, which emerged in 1942 as a fast, high-altitude North American fighter, an A-1 single-seat, prop-driven Skyraider that found its niche carrying 14,500-pounds on take-off and delivering its payload with precision. Also on display will be the F8F Bearcat, designed to beat the infamous Japanese Zero and defend Navy fleets against incoming kamikaze attacks, according to the website.
Helicopter and vintage biplane rides will be available to the public Saturday.
Visitors can also explore the many vendors and exhibits and also listen to inspirational speakers, such as Jessica Cox, who was born without arms but now flies airplanes and drives cars.
The Vintage Aircraft Weekend kicks off Friday with the Big Band Dinner. A limited number of tickets are available for this tapas style dinner this year.
Those tickets can be obtained at Visitor Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 425-348-3200 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
The Vintage Aircraft Weekend officially begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo.
Tickets for Saturday’s event are $10 for adults, $5 for children. There will be free parking on site and off site. For more information, go to vintageaircraftweekend.org/.
Vintage Aircraft Weekend
Here is Saturday’s schedule of events:
9 a.m.: Doors and displays open
10 a.m.: First session of speakers: David Lednicer; Mike Lavelle; and Barry Latter, master of ceremonies
Noon: First flight
1:30 p.m.: Speaker session includes Ed “Skeeter” Carlson and Ed Saylor, Linda Orlady
3 p.m.: Keynote address, “Thinking Outside the Shoe (or How I Earned My Pilot’s License Without Arms)” Jessica Cox”
4 p.m.: Second flight
5 p.m. : Departures