Join us for Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Each year, around 50 vintage, recreational, and home-built aircraft are put on display outside the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Pilots answer questions about their aircraft, and in some cases visitors can sit inside the cockpit.
Below are just a few of the aircraft that will participate in our 2016 event.
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This HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft is painted dark blue in honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. Coast Guard aviation.
The Coast Guard Gulfstream V (C-37 Alpha) provides executive transport for the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and Secretary of Homeland Security around the world.
Take a tethered flight in this hot air balloon that was made especially for the Museum and donated by Adams Balloons LLC. The modern envelope sporting the Smithsonian logo will be transferred to the Museum in a ceremony at 11:30am, becoming the first balloon envelope to join our world-class collection of balloon baskets and gondolas.
The H-65 helicopter — the Coast Guard’s most ubiquitous aircraft — is certified for operation in all-weather and night-time operations, with the exception of icing conditions.
This aircraft is used for weekly wing walking shows at The Flying Circus in Bealeton, VA.
Note: The line to view inside the United Airlines Boeing 767 will close at 1:00 pm.
Clipper Tabitha May (NC33611)
NC33611 was formerly a USAF VIP Transport but was sold to CBS corporation as their corporate airplane. She subsequently flew air tours of the Grand Canyon, familiarization flights with the Experimental Aircraft Association, and then spent the last part of her career flying for ERA Alaska Airlines out of Anchorage, AK. After being retired as the last passenger carrying airline DC-3 in the United States, she spent five years awaiting a new home before being purchased by Robert S. Randazzo and PMDG Flight Operations. She completed a two year long restoration in 2013 that included a full mechanical refit, two new engines and fresh paint in the 1945 colors of Pan American World Airways. She carries the registration number NC33611, a number that was originally applied to one of PAA’s early DC-3 in 1941 and bears the name Clipper Tabitha May. PAA’s colors were chosen to honor Captain Larry Hunsberger, who began his career with PAA in 1955, ultimately retiring from United Airlines in 1997.
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