American Heroes Air Show: Hang with ’copters

Helicopters will be the focus Saturday when the Museum of Flight holds the American Heroes Air Show.

The free event features static displays of a variety of helicopters and vehicles, special presentations, helicopter rides and entertainment in the museum parking lot from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The annual show is meant to feature the role helicopters play in law enforcement, fire service, public safety, communications, national defense and homeland security.

Representatives from local flight schools, Border Patrol, search and rescue units, federal agencies and the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard will answer questions. Visitors can take a ride in a civilian helicopter for $50.

Saturday also marks the opening of a new helicopter exhibit in the museum that features a former Coast Guard helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard. The helicopter on display was last stationed at Port Angeles before it was retired in 1982.

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While the outdoor show is free, admission is required to view the exhibits inside the museum. The museum is at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, at Exit 158 off Interstate 5. For more information on the museum, call 206-764-5720 or go to

Staff report