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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Historic Flight Hosts Vintage Aircraft Weekend

Historic Flight Foundation will host the sixth annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend (VAW) from August 30 to September 1 in conjunction with its Paine Field partners and the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area.

Vintage civilian and military aircraft from Historic Flight and the Flying Heritage Collection will be joined by visiting aircraft – as many as 65 – to highlight aviation during the three decades between Charles Lindbergh’s solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1927 and commercialized Boeing jet service of the same route in 1957.

The festival begins on Friday August 30 with arrival of aircraft throughout the day. That evening a “Big Band Dinner Dance” featuring live big band music begins at 6pm. Group swing-dance lessons by guest professionals are featured and period attire is encouraged. 

The main event begins on Saturday August 31 at 9am; tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Family passes are $25.  Visitors can watch flying sessions of vintage aircraft, walk the flight line and have close-up access to the vintage aircraft. They can ask the pilots and mechanics questions about restoration and hear WWII re-enactors and "Flying Legends" recount exciting tales.

The family-friendly event also includes aircraft memorabilia, vintage automobiles and military vehicles, a Speakers Bureau, live music and food vendors. The final flight concludes at 5pm.

Sunday offers an opportunity to visit with pilots about their aircraft as they prepare for local flying and the flight home. Throughout the day, rides are offered in open cockpit biplanes and Historic Flight’s DC-3.

For more information about the Big Band Dinner Dance or VAW, contact Historic Flight Visitor Services: visitorservices@historicflight.org or (425) 348-3200.

Vintage Aircraft Weekend is held at Paine Field near Everett, WA. For details visit vintageaircraftweekend.org.

Visit www.snohomish.org for details of other events in the Snohomish County area.

For more information about top events in Washington State take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Washington