The ideal treat for fathers, grandfathers and father figures alike, the two-day airshow features many recognized aerobatic performers and aircraft, as well as heritage aircraft from the museum’s collection. Find historically significant war birds from the World War II, Korean and Vietnam war eras.
According to Olympic Flight Museum Executive Director and pilot Ken Collins, there will be plenty of storied aircraft onsite including these unique offerings that will fly in the show:
- Goodyear FGU-1 Corsair, a World War II fighter, less than 20 of these aircrafts are flyable in the world.
- North American P-51D Mustang, another WWII fighter and rare find, less than 200 are flyable in the world.
- Replica Japanese Zero fighter from WWII. Approximately 16 were commissioned for the 1970, Oscar Winning film “Tora, Tora, Tora.”
- Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter that’s still painted in the same colors it wore in Vietnam in 1970.
- Bell TAH-1P Cobra gunship helicopter from the Vietnam era.
- Kaman HH-43D Huskie helicopter, one of only five such helicopters flyable in the world.
In addition to the airshow, the event will include classic festival fare– think BBQ, burgers and elephant ears, a beer garden and plenty of displays and activities for kids to enjoy.
Collins has been a performer in the airshow since 2011, sharing his “favorite memory was when I was told I flew the routine perfectly (this was about the third year!) Performing and flying in the Airshow is exhilarating! It is fun to see the crowd and know that we are presenting historically significant aircraft to fans that may have had fathers or grandfathers that flew the same aircraft so many years ago. It is not uncommon to have Vietnam veteran’s cry when they see and hear these aircraft fly again.”
Come make memories of your own, to purchase tickets visit olympicairshow.com. The Olympic Flight Museum was established in 1998 at the Olympia Regional Airport in Olympia, Washington and is open throughout the year. The Olympic Flight Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. The museum was founded with the goal of bringing people together to relive, recollect and learn about aviation history.