The 2012 edition of the North Cascades Vintage Fly-In was another great get together of pilots and vintage airplanes from around the pacific northwest. Despite some cloudy weather on Friday, a decent number of early arrivals spent the night here at 3W5. On Saturday the weather was back to the July sunshine and more than 100 airplanes took part this year.
As always we had a strong showing of Canadian pilots coming down from British Columbia as well as pilots from around Washington, Oregon and elsewhere in the region. One of the local newspapers stopped by and wrote up a short story on the fly-in here.
Well we’re happy to say that we enjoyed another great Arlington Fly-In here in the beautiful pacific northwest. And this year’s fly-in was a big moment for us as we announced our new name, the North Cascades Vintage Aero Museum, and our plans to move to a new home at the Arlington Airport.
The decision to make the major changes to the museum have been under discussion for while now, but in the end we decided that the change will help us to reach a much wider audience and share the vision of our founder to share the airplanes with as many as possible.
When Harold Hansen founded the museum, he wanted to share his love of airplanes with others, and he wanted to create a retreat for pilots and aviation fans. The airport in Concrete has been our home since the beginning, and everybody who visits comments on the natural beauty surrounding us. But the remote location has its drawbacks. We are well off the beaten path for most visitors to the Puget Sound region, and during the winter the highway closes just up the road and our visitors drop to just a handful.
Moving to the Arlington Airport means we will be just an hour north of Seattle and much closer to other aviation museums in the region, including both Paul Allen’s and John Sessions’ collections at Paine Field as well as the Boeing factory less than 20 minutes away.We believe that Harold would have taken advantage of the same opportunity to share his passion for vintage airplanes with even more people.
We will also have a large base of local pilots and aviation enthusiasts who have already expressed an interest in supporting and helping the museum in the future.
The move will take time, and we don’t yet have a date set for when we will relocate. We are looking at some space on the west side of the airport and are working on some designs for a new display hangar and restoration shop that will give us the opportunity to create a first class museum at the Arlington Airport.
Stay tuned for more updates on the changes as we continue to move forward with our plans. We look forward to even greater things in the future and an opportunity to share our love of flying with an even greater number of people than ever before.
So after three weeks of visits from these very big, curious, smelly animals we have decided that Santa lost his reindeer and decided to replace them.
One of the highlights from the 2011 North Cascades Vintage Fly-In was a visit from local pilot Erik Lindbergh. Erik is the grandson of Charles Lindbergh and is actively involved in the aviation community. His most recent efforts are aimed at electric aviation and getting kids engaged in aerospace through his Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP).
Erik made a presentation during the fly-in and it was interesting for those from the vintage airplane community to hear from the front lines of the up and coming world of electric aircraft. After the fly-in here, Erik was off to Oshkosh where he presented this year’s LEAP winner.
One of the highlights for us was having the opportunity to introduce Erik to Warren Meyer. Warren is one of our favorite people and frequently visits the museum. A retired Pan Am pilot, Warren was the captain on the flight that flew Charles Lindbergh on what would be his final trip home to Hawaii in 1972 (picture).
Warren did not know Erik was going to be at the fly-in and it was pure coincidence that he happened to be wearing a t-shirt with and image of Lindbergh on the front. Warren learned how to fly in the 1930s and his airline career spanned from the DC-3 to the 747. Like many pilots of his generation, he was greatly inspired by Charles Lindbergh and had many fond recollections of meeting the legendary pilot.
Erik Lindbergh talking electric airplanes at the 2011 Vintage Fly-In.
After a being out of the cockpit for a while, Erik was right back at home flying in the Champ.
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With apologies for the delay, we finally have some time to get some pictures up from this year’s fly-in. This year’s fly-in was once again a big success despite some weather over the Cascades preventing some visitors from the east side of the state from making it over the mountains. Our best count was around 160 airplanes that flew in during the day. The picture above was taken late in the afternoon, and there are still over 110 airplanes on the ground.
The word continues to spread throughout the vintage airplane community here in the pacific northwest and each year we see several new faces as well as welcome back those who have been making the trip for many years. This year one of the many highlights was the arrival of Jeff Paulson and his Stinson Model O reproduction. Several other Stinsons, including a Junior, made it to Concrete as well to celebrate this year’s featured manufacturer.
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Everybody has been busy up here at 3W5 for the past several days getting ready for the fly in. Grass is being mowed, airplanes are being washed, and final preparations are being made to welcome vintage airplane enthusiasts from around the region.
Here at the museum, everybody has been busy trying to get ready for the weekend. In addition to getting ready, work continues on some of the airplanes, including the newest short wing Piper, the Vagabond.
There was also some airplane shuffling that took place this week. The Call Air that was so popular at the Arlington Fly-In this year was moved into one of the main display hangars where it sits happy after getting so much scrubbing and polishing.
We’re looking forward to another fantastic fly-in again in 2011, and hope you’ll be able to join us here in Concrete. More information about the fly-in can be found here. Drop by and say hello.
Just a reminder that the best little vintage fly-in the the northwest is coming up this weekend. If today’s forecast can be believed, it even looks like summer will make an appearance this weekend as well!
We’ve been busy at the museum getting airplanes ready and over the next few days we’ll be getting things ready at the airport. We’re expecting another great turnout of airplanes including several Stinsons to celebrate this year’s featured manufacturer, including the beautiful Model O. The oldest flying Boeing in the world will be back once again along with several other historic airplanes.
This year’s featured speakers will be Erik Lindbergh and Tom Casey. Mr. Lindbergh will be talking about the inspiration from his family history and how he’s trying to inspire the next generation of aviators as well as the next generation of electric airplanes. Mr. Casey will talk about his epic flight around the world on straight floats. He was the first and so far only person to circumnavigate the globe on straight floats and there are several amazing tales from the trip.
Breakfast will be served at the high school across the street starting at 7am Saturday and food will be available at the airport all day.
We’re looking forward to another great fly-in this year and hope you can join us whether you arrive by plane or by car. For more information on this year’s fly-in click here.
Tags: North Cascades Fly-In
The NW Super Cub Fly-In was once again a lot of fun over the weekend. The only down side was the weather over the Cascades prevented many pilots from flying in from the east side of the state, but more than 40 airplanes ended up making it and both the STOL competition and flour bombing were fun as always.
With several of the STOL competitors not making it in from the east side, there were only a handful of pilots competing this year. In the heavy touring class there were a pair of 180s and a Piper Pacer working hard to keep up with the Cessnas.
In the bush category a trio of Super Cubs kept the distances short. And despite the efforts of the organizers to recruit some of the lightweight airplanes, no airplanes competed in the lightweight category. There was almost no wind for most of the competition so the distances are pretty honest.
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NW Super Cub Fly-In
Just a reminder about the upcoming fly-ins here at 3w5. Next weekend (June 24-26) the NW Super Cub Fly-In will be taking place here in Concrete. This event is organized by a group of local PA-18 pilots, but is open to everybody. The museum will be hosting a Piper Tube & Fabric Fly-In at the same time and we encourage pilots of vintage Piper’s to join us for a great weekend.
The highlight of the weekend is Saturday’s STOL competition. Using the grass next to the runway, pilots are tasked with taking off with as little ground roll as possible from a marked line. They then return and touch down after the line and stop with as little ground roll as possible.
There are multiple categories for the STOL competition and last year entries included Super Cubs, CubCrafter Sport Cubs, 180s and even a 150. So there are opportunities for the non-bush class of airplanes as well.
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Our first fly-in of the year was on Saturday and unfortunately the weather was less than cooperative. It was IMC to the east over the Cascade mountains and it was overcast with some occasional rain during the day. There were some breaks in the weather and occasionally we could see down valley to the west.
Despite the less than ideal weather we did get a handful of airplanes fly in for a visit in addition to some of our locals here at 3W5.
In addition to those who flew in, we had a visitor all the way from France who was excited to see the museum airplanes and in particular the Call Air. In fact he contacted asking us specifically about the airplane.
The schedule was tight, he had to be back at Boeing Field by 3pm for work. A representative of the European Aviation Safety Association, our new friend has been in Seattle for the past several weeks as a flight test engineer on the new Boeing 787 certification flights.
After many hours riding in the cockpit of the 787, he was excited to get his hands on the control of the Call Air.
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