Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Steve Brandli Shots of the Opening Fly-By

Here are some incredible stills of the Skyraider's pass over the crowd at this year's Fly-In. Steve has a gallery of 162 great shots.  To view, go to


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Great Photo Effect From Dan Muller

There are little arrows in each scene that connect to the other images.  A total of 23 images exist (2 of them are of Old Harry), but the rest go through the length of the fly-in showcasing many of the planes on the tarmac and in the hangars.

Apparently the arrows linking the images together doesn't work in Chrome.  However, it does work in Safari.  Not sure about Internet Explorer or Firefox, but I suspect that it should work in those.



New Shots from Mary Haselow!

Mary is a part of a local photography organization.   She was kind enough to send these really excellent images for you to see.  To see more of her great work, go to

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2013 Is In The Record Books

With an overflow crowd in the Transient Aircraft Parking Area and more than 2,000 people walking through the front gate, the 4th Annual Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In and Open House was a resounding hit.

The day included gourmet food, face painting and FAA approved propeller-hat.  Fly-in fans enjoyed perfect weather and a flawless show.

Some rare birds and aircraft that are artwork.

Pictured at left is a WWII Bomber-Trainer, the AT-11, reported to be one of only two still flying.

This beautiful red Howard was a star of the show.

A vintage trainer, this Nanchang is painted in the spirit of the Chinese manufacturer.

The morning Pancake Breakfast was nicely done, and a bargain at 6-bucks!

Great fare and the bonus of chefs attired in the spirit of the event.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Users Guide to the Fly-In

What:  Friday Harbor Fly-In and Open House

When:  Saturday, July 27, 2013.  Pancake Breakfast 8-10am, Fly-In 10am-3pm.

Admission:  Free.  Just come to the gate next to the airport tower.

Parking and Shuttle:  Free.   Parking at Airport Terminal lot, Airport Circle Drive (near Ernie’s CafĂ©) Peace Health (east side), and the former Mark n Pak location.  The specially marked shuttle runs from downtown to each lot and the show entrance.

To See, Do and Eat: 

Aircraft expected – Rare warbirds, antiques, and home-built aircraft, as well as visiting aircraft from around the Northwest.  Many will be parked and on display during the day.  Others will do exciting fly-bys, like vintage aircraft from the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham and Historic Flight in Everett.  The popular Blackjack Squadron will do their impressive formation arrival and landing.

Many hangars will be open with activities for the kids, including face-painting and free balsa airplane flying competitions.  Other hangars will host representatives from the aviation and civic communities.

You can buy a ride in an antique biplane or WWII trainer, or win a free ride in an airplane or helicopter.

What’s for lunch?  Choose from burgers, pizza, brats, ice cream and popcorn.


8-10 - Pancake Breakfast

10:00 - Opening Ceremony, American Legion Post 163 color Guard.  Invocation by Legion Chaplain.  National Anthem sung by Jill Urbach.   Fly-By Salute -WWII Skyraider from Heritage Flight Museum, Bellingham.

10:10 - Displays Open, including aircraft displays, videos flight simulator, model airplanes, EAA exhibit, and more.

10:00-3:00 - Aircraft Fly-Bys and Demonstrations.  Aircraft to be announced (based on availability).

10:30 - Drawing for free flights.

11:00 - Winners' rides - CJ-6 and Helicopter

11:30 - Drawing for free flights.

12:30 - Blackjack Squadron formation flight demonstations and arrival.
            Drawing for free flights.
            Display aircraft judging ends.

12:45 - Winners' rides - CJ-6 and Helicopter.

1:00 -  Glider Flying Contest for kids.
           Island Rec Kids Rides.
           Results of Aircraft Judging announced.

2:15 - Winners' rides.

3:00 - End of Show.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mark Your Calendar!

The 4th Annual Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In and Open House is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th. 

One of America’s favorite flying destinations, Friday Harbor Airport draws more than its share of interesting aircraft, including antiques, warbirds, and homebuilts. Each of the previous three years spectators have enjoyed the exciting fly-bys of rare aircraft from both the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham and Historic Flight at Paine Field in Everett.

The popular Blackjack Squadron will be back with their impressive formation arrival and landing. 

Several Hangars will be open with displays and activities, including face painting and free gliders for the kids. Register to win free airplane and helicopter rides.

The day starts at 8:00 with a pancake breakfast. The show starts at 10:00 and ends at 3:00. For lunch you can choose between burgers, pizza, brats, ice cream and popcorn.

Admission and parking are free, as well as a specially-marked shuttle from downtown Friday Harbor. The only way to spend money is on food, souvenirs and biplane rides.