Fri, Jun 06, 2008
Public May See Paul Allen's Storied Fleet Of Fighters
The Flying Heritage Collection, one of the world's great
collections of rare World War II-era fighter planes from five major
countries of the war, announced Friday its exhibition facility at
Paine Field in Everett, WA is now open to the public. The
collection features 15 of the most famous fighting planes ever
designed and built, and it is one of the nation's largest
collections of vintage planes in flyable condition.
"These planes and artifacts are important pieces of aviation
history," said Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G.
Allen, owner of the Flying Heritage Collection. "Each plane
represents a technological advancement that had an impact on flight
right up to today. Our goal is to restore these planes, preserve
them to authentic, flying condition, and share them with the public
for generations to come."
The new facility -- a restored, working hangar close to the
Paine Field flight line -- will be open to the public from 10:00 am
to 5:00 pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The
collection will be open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday,
from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm the rest of the year. It is closed on
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"We are thrilled to open the collection to the public in our new
home at Paine Field on the 64th anniversary of D-Day," said Adrian
Hunt, executive director of the Flying Heritage Collection. "These
rare aircraft can now be enjoyed by anyone with a love of flying,
history or technology. Many of our aircraft are the last examples
known to exist and now we have a public facility in which to
The collection will continue its tradition of flying planes
during the summer to help keep each plane operational and exercised
on a regular basis. These "fly days," scheduled every other
Saturday beginning June 14, 2008 and ending October 11, 2008, are
free to the public and offer a great opportunity to see historic
aircraft return once more to the sky.
(Photos courtesy of John M. Dibbs)
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