Going to an airport at any time is an enjoyable experience for me. I have spent countless hours just watching planes take off and land. I am even cool with just sitting at home watching videos, looking at pictures, and even reading about planes. In fact, just tonight instead of storytime with my son before bed, we watched videos of the F-35, F-16, and AC-130. A much better use of time in my opinion.
But, when the opportunity does arise for a special event at an airport, it is important to take advantage of it. One such event will be taking place this coming Saturday at Paine Field in Everett, WA.
The Paine Field Aviation Day will be taking place May 18th from 9am-5pm. Paine Field is best known for being the home of the Boeing factory where they build 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft, but this Saturday the focus will be on the general aviation side of the house. Here is a list of what to expect from the Paine Field Aviation Day Website:
- All day Family Friendly Event
- Average number of attendees 5,000 – 8,000
- Annual Spring event has been occurring for over seventeen years in May
- Aircraft from both the Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation fly throughout the day
- Access to hundreds of vintage, warbirds, and new aircraft on display
- Local Food and Beverage Vendors
- Firefighters’ Fly Day 5k Run
- Burn Center Charity Pancake Breakfast at the Paine Field Fire Department
- Free Young Eagles introductory flights for kids ages 8-17 (seating limited)
- Car collection and fire engine displays
- Local non-profit organizations information booths
- Access to the Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation collections
- Free parking and shuttles
- Seattle Seafair Pirates and Moby Duck
- Kid Zone with bouncy houses, face painting, games and more
- Take a flight, meet the pilots, see one-of-a kind aircraft, talk with the flight schools, enjoy some great food, and watch the thrilling flying demonstrations – all this and more!
From what I gather this is not just a typical airshow, but is really designed to get people excited about aviation. I don’t know if you noticed in the list of events there, but it mentioned free introductory flights for kids ages 8-17. That is exactly the kind of opportunity that can spark a long career in aviation.
Admission is only $10 for adults, and is free for anyone under 17, which is hard to beat. There will be all kinds of displays and booths for adults and kids. Even if you aren’t a hardcore aviation nut like me, there will be lots of science stuff for kids, and it should just be an all around amazing event.
If you are able to go, leave a comment below and let me know how you enjoyed it. You never know when something like this may turn into your new favorite hobby.