Friday, March 15, 2013

The Flying Heritage Collection and museum, funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, it may be the most diverse and thorough collection of flying WW2 military aircraft


In Everett Washington, (North of Seattle) located at the former Alaskan Airlines base of operations, on Paine Field which has other aircraft museums according to http://www.flyingheritage.com/Content/Docs/AirClassics_NewHangar_Hellcat.pdf is what once was Vulcan Warbirds a decade ago.

There are between 17 and 19 fighter aircraft,
a P40C, P47D, P51D Mustang, F6F Hellcat,  B25 J Mitchell, Hurricane, Spitfire, Bf109 Messerschmitt, ME3, FW190D13, Fi156, C2 Storch, Il2M3 Shturmovick, I16 Rata, U2/Po2,  A6M3-22 Zero, Ki43 Oscar and a MiG29

And a JN4D Curtiss Jenny

Plus, a Sherman tank.

the Messerschmitt Bf 109 crash-landed on a beach in northern France, disappearing into the sand until a wingtip was noticed poking out again in 1988.

Painted with a toothy snarl, the P-40 Tomahawk was shot down over the Russian tundra where it lay for the next 40 years. It is now the ONLY  Tomahawk in flying condition

this Oscar was sent to Truk Island in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Japanese Air Force. Later it served on Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. Shortly after the end of the war, this Oscar was found in dense jungle four miles from Vunakanau airfield on Rabaul. The plane had severe front-end damage from its final landing, but was repaired by Japanese soldiers with parts salvaged from a number of other Oscars.

This Zero was one of many Japanese combat planes destroyed by American bombing on Babo Airfield in New Guinea during World War II. In the early 1990s this Zero wreck was discovered and acquired by the Santa Monica Museum of Flying.
 Around 1994, three recovered Zeros, including this one, were sent to Russia for restoration. The fighter's salvageable parts were retained, while missing or heavily-damaged components were created by Russian craftsmen in order to make the planes flyable again.

The B-25 Mitchell was built in Kansas City in the last days of 1944. It was one of 117 modified to carry a Hughes fire control radar for training. The plane served with the Royal Canadian Air Force for ten years until it was sold as surplus in 1961. Soon after, the plane was purchased by Cascade Drilling Company of Calgary and converted to a water-carrying "fire bomber." In the mid-1990s, the B-25 was purchased by the Flying Heritage Collection

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/north-america/news/article.cfm?l_id=9&objectid=10863384

In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public. While the education they provide is significant, we hope you take special pleasure in knowing that these historic aircraft are not meant simply for display in a static museum environment. As part of the Flying Heritage Collection, their destiny is to return once more to the sky, where they were always meant to be. The Flying Heritage Collection is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to educating the public about these rare, historic aircraft.

the  Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet carried two Mk 108 autocannons. Each weapon fired 650 rounds a minute and each explosive round was over one inch in diameter.
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