Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond

When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise…

Things were looking a bit grim weather wise for the Saturday morning of Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Things were looking a bit grim weather wise for the Saturday morning of Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Saturday morning of Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field
But what a lineup at Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016!

A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had by all!

Grumman Greats - F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat & TBM-3E Avenger Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Grumman Greats – F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat & TBM-3E Avenger
Battle of Britain Commemorative aircraft await the weather Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Battle of Britain Commemorative aircraft await the weather
The sun was starting to dry things off Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field WA
The sun was starting to dry things off
Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Blue sky!

Commemorating the Battle of Britain 1940

As the misty rain and the sky cleared away, the roar of Rolls Royce Merlin engines joyously filled the air as the Flying Heritage Collection fired up their Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA and Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc accompanied the Historic Flight Foundation Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXe. The Battle of Britain commemorative flight was soon away!

Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfires Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Rolls Royce Merlin powered beauties – Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfires
Legends of the Battle of Britain Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Legends of the Battle of Britain
Remember the Few Battle of Britain Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Remember the Few
Hurricane Spitfire Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfires – glorious!
Hurricane Spitfire Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
British engineering at its World War Two best
Flying Heritage Collection Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Flying Heritage Collection Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA
Flying Heritage Collection Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Flying Heritage Collection Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc
Historic Flight Foundation Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
My favourite variant, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (Historic Flight Foundation)
Flying Heritage Collection Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Ah those classic Spitfire lines (FHC Mk.Vc)

A Pearl Harbour Story 1941

An unlikely survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th, 1941 was present in the flying display. This was a diminutive 1941 Interstate Cadet (N37266) that is today known as “The Pearl” and is operated by the Lost Aviators of Pearl Harbor LLC out of the Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington, WA (it is the only flying survivor that was present during the attack and was one of approximately 8 civilian aircraft that were in the sky on that fateful day – 3 were shot down by Japanese aircraft. More can be read on this aircraft here). At Paine Field  “The Pearl” was jumped by a Tora A6M2 Zero replica (a North American T-6 Texan modified to look like Japanese Mitsubishi Zero fighter for the 1970 movie Tora! Tora! Tora!) but lived to tell the tail once again!

Interstate Cadet (N37266) “The Pearl”
Interstate Cadet (N37266) “The Pearl”
Tora A6M2 Zero replica Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Tora A6M2 Zero replica
Tora A6M2 Zero replica Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Tora A6M2 Zero replica – you can clearly see the T-6 lines from this angle
"The Pearl" getting harassed by that pesky Tora A6M2 Zero! Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
“The Pearl” getting harassed by that pesky Tora A6M2 Zero!
"The Pearl" Interstate Cadet Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
“The Pearl” made it home safely!

Warbirds from World War Two to the Vietnam War

More legendary warbirds took to the sky including the Historic Flight Foundation’s North American B-25D MitchellGrumpy” (actually taking people on scenic flights rather than performing a flight display), North American P-51B MustangImpatient Virgin“, Grumman TBM-3E AvengerIda Red” (newly on loan to the museum from a private owner) and their stunning Grumman F7F TigercatBad Kitty“. The Heritage Flight Museum joined them with their North American P-51D MustangVal-Halla” and their mighty Douglas AD-4NA (A-1) SkyraiderThe Proud American” with 15 hardpoints to bring the fury (painted up as a USAF A-1 rather than a US Navy AD-4)!

North American B-25D Mitchell "Grumpy" coming in for a landing
North American B-25D Mitchell “Grumpy” coming in for a landing
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger "Ida Red", Grumman F7F Tigercat "Bad Kitty" and Douglas AD-4NA (USAF A-1) Skyraider "The Proud American" Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger “Ida Red”, Grumman F7F Tigercat “Bad Kitty” and Douglas A-1 Skyraider “The Proud American” (really an AD-4NA)
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field WA
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger “Ida Red” – the Atlantic livery looks great!
Grumman F7F Tigercat Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field WA
Grumman F7F Tigercat “Bad Kitty”
North American P-51D Mustang "Val-Halla" Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Mustang glory!
North American P-51D Mustang "Val-Halla" Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American P-51D Mustang “Val-Halla”
North American P-51B & P-51D Mustang Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American P-51B & P-51D Mustang fighters
North American P-51B & P-51D Mustang Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American P-51B Mustang “Impatient Virgin” & P-51D Mustang “Val-Halla”
"The Proud American" Skyraider Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field WA
“The Proud American” Skyraider

In addition the Cascade Warbirds flying 3 x Ryan Navion trainers and a Romanian IAR-823 (nice flying Bob!) were joined by Ross Granley in a Yakovlev Yak-18T and followed up with North American T-6 Texan/SNJ formation flying. The trainer displays were concluded with a great show by a stunning bare metal finish North American T-28 Trojan flown by Ron Morrell a former USAF A-10 pilot, so you knew it was going to be a good performance!

Cascade Warbirds - IAR-823 & Ryan Navion Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Cascade Warbirds – IAR-823 & Ryan Navion
Ross Granley - Yakovlev Yak-18T Vintage Aicraft Weekend 2016
Ross Granley – Yakovlev Yak-18T
Cascade Warbirds & Ross Granley in the Yak-18T Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Cascade Warbirds & Ross Granley in the Yak-18T
Cascade Warbirds Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Cascade Warbirds
North American T-6 Texan/SNJ formation pass Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American T-6 Texan/SNJ formation pass
SNJ Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Incoming SNJ!
North American T-6 Texan/SNJ formation pass Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Shiny North American T-6 Texan/SNJ formation pass!
North American T-28 Trojan Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American T-28 Trojan
North American T-28 Trojan Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
North American T-28 Trojan coming in for a landing

The Pacific Northwest always provides plenty of great historic aircraft to see at such events. There were also many vintage civilian aircraft on static and flying display. Below is a quick look at the static displays to give you some idea.

Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Statics
Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016
Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 Paine Field
Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016

Alas another flying season in this neck of the woods is almost over. Hopefully I will have a few more flying display posts to go before the cold weather starts to roll in!

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4 thoughts on “Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond

  1. Great stuff! I agree that the Atlantic scheme looks great on the Avenger. We don’t see that sort of thing enough in USN warbirds. The grey and white looked quite smart on not only the Avenger, but also the Grumman Wildcat, the Douglas Dauntless and Curtiss Helldiver.

    There is, or maybe was, a Wildcat on the US show circuit done up in the Atlantic scheme and looked awesome.

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