Props & Ponies Mustangs Roar Back to Skagit

Icons of American history – the Ford Mustang and P-51 Mustang. One of many on display at Heritage Flight Museum’ Props & Ponies event. Photo by James Boyer.

Icons of American history – the Ford Mustang and P-51 Mustang. One of many on display at Heritage Flight Museum’ Props & Ponies event. Photo by James Boyer.

Burlington, WA – The Heritage Flight Museum is pleased to be holding their 5th annual Props & Ponies Mustang Show, Fly Day & Fundraiser, sponsored by Frontier Ford, at their facilities at Skagit Regional Airport. Doors open to the public on Saturday, 15 August at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm, with flights and other activities scheduled throughout the day. Props & Ponies is a unique event centered around ‘the car that changed the way we drive and the aircraft that the changed the course of a war’ – the Ford Mustang and the North American P-51 Mustang.

The event kicks off on Friday, 14 August with Props, Ponies & Popping Corks from 5:30pm-9:00pm. This over-21 only event will feature live music by Birdsview Bluegrass, food, beer and wine available from Flyer’s Brewery, a chance at some incredible raffle baskets, and of course a preview of the cars and aircraft that will be on display the following day. $10 cover, beer/wine available for purchase. Tickets at the door, or in advance at https://2015propsponiespoppingcorks.eventbrite.com

Saturday will feature flying and static displays of Museum and visiting vintage aircraft, up to 100 Ford Mustangs of all ages, aviation-themed kids activities from the Children’s Museum of Skagit County and the Burlington Home Depot, vintage military vehicles and even WWII-era tractors provided by Farmer’s Equipment Co, docent-led tours of other museum artifacts and displays and a lot of flying! Admission is $10/adult, $5/child. Doors open to the public from 10:00am-4:00pm. Ford Mustang owners must pre-register their vehicles to participate – https://2015propsandponies.eventbrite.com.

“Props & Ponies is one of the most unique Mustang-owner shows around, and we’re proud to be holding our 5th annual production of it” said Kate Simmons, Heritage Flight Museum Director of Programs. “Props & Ponies is also an important fundraising event for us, and we’re so appreciative of those who support – from the individuals that register their vehicles, to the local businesses that provide vital sponsorship.”

The museum was located at Bellingham International Airport up until April 2014 when it moved to the Port of Skagit’s Regional Airport just off Highway 20. Regular open hours are currently Monday through Thursday by appointment, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Fly Days are held on the third Saturday of every month from March to October.

The museum allows visitors an up-close look at their memorabilia collections and a selection of flying World War II, Korean and Vietnam era including a P-51 Mustang, Douglas Skyraider, North American T-6, Boeing Stearman, L-13 Grasshopper, LINK Trainer and more. Unlike more traditional air and space museums which keep their aircraft sedentary, Heritage Flight Museum maintains and flies their aircraft.

Founded in 1996 by Apollo 8 astronaut Maj. General William Anders, the Heritage Flight Museum is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and flying of historic military aircraft.

For more information about the Heritage Flight Museum, visit their web site at www.heritageflight.org. HFM is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/heritageflightmuseum) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/heritagefltmus).

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