Biplane Day this weekend at Paine Field

Jun 19, 2013
Photo by: Drew Symonds, The Fearey Group As part of Biplane Day this weekend, flights are available for purchase in Historic Flight Foundation’s DC-3, an aircraft that arguably revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s because of its extraordinary speed and range.

This week, the largest world air show is taking place in Paris, where global leaders such as Boeing and Air Bus gather to announce and celebrate the future of aviation and flight technologies.

Meanwhile – Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 – at Paine Field, the Historic Flight Foundation will feature dozens of vintage biplanes in an air show celebrating the roots of aviation.

The biplanes are from the “Rag-and-Wood” era – similar to the ones flown by the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart. See as many as 25 examples on Biplane Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event features biplane flyovers, pilot meet and greets, a barbecue lunch and, on Sunday, a vintage automobile show. Rides in select biplanes are available for purchase.

Among the biplanes highlighted will be the Historic Flight Foundation’s Beechcraft Staggerwing and the Waco UPF-7. Also visiting for the event are the New Standard, Varga, Temco, Lockheed, Cessna, Stearman, deHavilland, Fairchild, Stinson and Swift.

Demonstration flights will start at noon. At 3 p.m., world-renowned historian and aviation author, Mike Lavelle, will present a history of biplanes entitled “Biplanes: Past, Present and Forever.”

On Sunday, the historic biplanes will remain, but will move to the grass to give way to the Mukilteo Car Show on Historic Flight’s ramp. Sponsored by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, the show features more than 100 rare and desirable vintage automobiles. The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admissions for Biplane Day are as follows: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/military, $8 for youths (6-15), children (5 and under) are free. Flights in a biplane are $75 per person.

Kilo-7 at the Historic Flight Foundation is at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. in Mukilteo.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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