Vintage Aircraft Attraction Will Open At KPAE In Summer
The Flying Heritage
Collection, featuring rare World War II and Cold War-era aircraft
acquired and restored to flying condition by investor and
philanthropist Paul G. Allen (right), announced this week it will
move its facility to Paine Field in Everett, WA.
The Collection has signed a lease with the Snohomish County
Airport (KPAE) to locate its rare aircraft and artifacts to a
51,000 square-foot hanger on the Southeast side of the airport.
Renovation to the hanger -- which will allow for more planes to be
displayed at once -- will take place over the next six months.
The Collection is slated to open its doors at Paine Field in the
summer of 2007. It is currently housed in a temporary facility at
the Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO).
The new 10-year lease with Snohomish County at Paine Field will
also allow future growth for the Flying Heritage Collection and
meet increased demands for public viewing. The Collection will
continue its "flying day" program at its new facility at Paine
Field, allowing the public to watch these vintage aircraft in
"There has always been an interest on the part of Paul Allen to
keep the Collection in Snohomish County," said Gary Hoffman,
project manager, Flying Heritage Collection. "The new location will
allow us to share the Collection and its mission with many more
people – making Paine Field a prime aviation destination to
local and visiting aviation enthusiasts in the Northwest."
The airstrip at Paine Field is also home to the Future of Flight
Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.
"We are so happy to welcome our new neighbors to Everett and are
looking forward to working with the Flying Heritage Collection to
deliver a complete aviation experience to our audience," said Sandy
Ward, spokesperson for the Future of Flight Aviation Center &
Boeing Tour. "Now visitors can conveniently experience the past,
present and future of aviation right here at Paine Field," added
Barry Smith, executive director of the Future of Flight. "The
Strato Deck at the Future of Flight will be a great place to watch
these beautifully restored aircraft on days when they take flight.
And, it is a real pleasure to continue our long working
relationship with the management of the Flying Heritage
In 1998, Allen began acquiring and preserving rare aircraft of
20th-century military aviation, many of which are the last of their
kind. The Collection’s purpose is to preserve and highlight
the increasing rarity of original vintage aircraft, to restore
these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity, and to
share them with the public.
In 2004, Allen opened up the Flying Heritage Collection in a
temporary facility located at the Arlington, Washington airfield.
Since the opening, thousands of aviation enthusiasts have toured
the facility and witnessed the iconic war birds return to the sky
during regularly scheduled spring and summer "flying days."
Flying Heritage Collection’s new facility at Paine Field
is slated to open in the summer of 2007. Until that time, public
tours will continue to be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at its
current facility in Arlington.