FHC January Newsletter

January 2017

MOSQUITO ASSEMBLY

If you haven't heard, the Flying Heritage Collection has acquired the rare and beautiful de Havilland Mosquito . FHC mechanics will be assembling this Wooden Wonder in front of your very eyes all month long in Hangar B. Stop in to check out their progress and ask questions Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM.

The Mosquito arrived from Avspecs Ltd. in New Zealand last month where she was being  masterfully restored to her former glory.  What makes this plane so special?  The Mosquito is unique among World War II fighters because it is made primarily of wood, not metal.  The Royal Air Forces’ (RAF) “fast bomber” first flew in November of 1940.  In order to keep weight down, the speedy plane was constructed primarily of spruce, birch plywood, and balsa wood.  This building method had the added bonus of preserving war-critical duralumin and steel for other military aircraft projects.  The Mosquito was powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12 engines, similar to those seen in the RAF’s Spitfire and Hurricane. The “Wooden Wonder” Mosquito became one of the fastest, far-flying, and most versatile aircraft of World War II.  Examples operated as bombers, fighters, fighter-bombers, night fighters, reconnaissance planes, and trainers.  The last of the over 7,700 examples built flew well into the jet age, retiring in the early 1960s.  

WHY WAR EXHIBIT OPENING SOON

The Flying Heritage Collection is excited to bring you our newest exhibit, Why War: The Causes of Conflict. Delve deep into the major wars in America's history via dynamic large scale touchscreens, engaging infographics and rare historical artifacts. This engaging exhibit opens to members and volunteers at 9:00 AM and to the general public at 10:00 AM on March 4th.

More information on this exciting new exhibit coming soon...

2017 Events at FHC

What fun and exciting events are on the horizon this year at the Flying Heritage Collection? Check out this action packed lineup:
 
Tankfest NW- May 27
Pacific Theater Day- June 24
FHC SkyFair- July 22
European Theater Day- August 26
Vietnam Day- September 23
Monster Bash- October 7

Tanks Giving- December 2
 

WINTER SERIES

On January 12 at 7:00 PM, join us here at the Flying Heritage Collection for an engaging lecture by Professor Jason McHale.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy during the First World War, the first Native American to do so, Joseph James “Jocko” Clark went on to become one of the pioneers in the creation of the air navy. He earned his wings in 1925 and never looked back. He became a vocal advocate for naval aviation and an accomplished pilot in his own right. His flamboyant, aggressive, and sometimes brash, personality made him an excellent “fighting admiral” for the United States during the Second World War and in the early years of the Cold War. Worshipped by his men, and despised by those who were on the receiving end of his infamous tongue, Jocko Clark excelled at the tasks placed before him. From commanding individual c...arriers, including the famed Fighting Lady, USS Yorktown (CV-10), to carrier task groups in Task Force 58, and eventually the Seventh Fleet after the war, Jocko’s unique style saw him get the best out of his men and equipment and produced some amazing tales along the way.
 
Doors Open: Member Only 6:00 PM / General Admission 6:30 PM
Presale Tickets (until 5:00 PM day of event): Youth $7 / Members, Volunteers, and Veterans $10 / General Admission $15
Tickets at the Door: Youth $10 / Members Volunteers, and Veterans $15 / General Admission $20
Purchase through the FHC Gift Shop onsite or over the phone at (877) 342-3404.

WINTER WARGAMES

On January 14th up your game with FHC’s Winter Wargames. Come down and learn tactics, strategies and teamwork alongside PACNW Tankers.  World of Tanks Rookies come early (2-3 PM) to learn new techniques directly from our battle hardened veterans.  Work with a Team to dominate the competition and earn gold and tanks!

Museum admission is required for Winter Wargames. FHC Members get in free!  Email Justin Spielmann, FHC Education Coordinator, JustinS@flyingheritage.com for details.  Support from Wargaming.net and PACNW Tankers make Winter Wargames possible.

Purchase through the FHC Gift Shop onsite or over the phone at (877) 342-3404.

 NEW ARRIVALS TO FHC GIFT SHOP

Book- Flying Heritage Collection's Curator Cory Graff's tenth book, "Southern California's World War II Aircraft", hit shelves last month. Pick up your copy right here in our gift shop and immerse yourself in a vivid look at the warplanes designed and built in Southern California and their wartime exploits overseas. Check out a list of all Cory's books: HERE

Challenge Coin- For over a century, Challenge Coins have been used to salute camaraderie and to acknowledge excellence. As part of this tradition FHC offers its’ first collectable “Challenge Coin.” This 2-inch double-sided color coin will be available in a limited quantity for one year (December 1, 2016 to December 1, 2017). This coin features the FHC logo on one side and the overhead profile of one of our newest acquisitions, the F105, on the reverse. Each coin is individually numbered and dated. Each fall a new coin with a new artifact from the FHC will be produced. Start collecting the tradition today!

VOLUNTEER AT FHC

FHC is looking for volunteers for the 2017 event season! If you love to spend time around perfectly restored and operational airplanes and military vehicles, this is the perfect opportunity for you! FHC is an event-based institution that hosts over a dozen public-facing events throughout the year. Our volunteers do everything from hanging out with the artifacts to managing crowds on the airstrip while our planes fly overhead. With so much going on, you will never be bored here in our expansive hangars. Benefits of becoming a volunteer include:

  • Museum admission for you and your family
  • 15% discount in the FHC Gift Shop
  • Invitation to special education and community events
  • An awesome FHC vest!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Michelle Donoghue at michelled@flyingheritage.com.

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3407 109th St SW
Everett, WA 98204

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