Homefronts

The treasures of the Flying Heritage Collection are presented within the social, political, technological and economic context of their time, from an international perspective.

For each nation involved in world conflicts, designing and delivering a mighty air fleet wasn't all that was needed to fight the enemy. Sacrifices were also made by the general citizens, who had to ration or forego domestic goods – metal, cloth, gasoline, food – to equip their armies.

While the Flying Heritage Collection showcases the spectacular warbirds and technologies of 1935-45, its exhibits also shine a light on the humanity at the homefronts.

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JANUARY 8

Returning Warbirds to Flight


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The FHC continues to bring planes back to life from wrecks found around the world. Join Jason Muszala, FHC's Restoration and Maintenance Manager, as he discusses the FHC's restoration process and shows off hands-on examples of restored plane artifacts.

Tickets: $20/FHC Members $15

JANUARY 14

Tank Talks - History of Tanks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us at the Flying Heritage Collection for two special nights with lectures by the staff of England’s famous Tank Museum. On January 14th, Curator David Willey will discuss the history and evolution of tanks, from World War I to today.

On January 15th, Workshop Manager Mike Hayton joins Willey to discuss The Tank Museum’s rare German Tiger I tank, the history of the type, and the participation of their one-of-a-kind machine in the movie Fury.

One Night: $20/FHC Members $15. Both Nights: $30/ FHC Members $20. Doors open at 6 pm. Presentation begins 6:30 pm. Tickets available through the FHC Ticket Counter.


JANUARY 15

Tank Talks - Tiger: King of Tanks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us at the Flying Heritage Collection for the second night lecture by the staff of England’s famous Tank Museum. On January 15th, Workshop Manager Mike Hayton joins Willey to discuss The Tank Museum’s rare German Tiger I tank, the history of the type, and the participation of their one-of-a-kind machine in the movie Fury.

One Night: $20/FHC Members $15. Both Nights: $30/ FHC Members $20. Doors open at 6 pm. Presentation begins 6:30 pm. Tickets available through the FHC Ticket Counter.


FEBRUARY 12

Warpaint - The Paint Schemes of FHC's Warbirds

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All of FHC's Warbirds have a story to tell, including the numbers, icons, insignia that they bear. Join Cory Graff, FHC's Military Aviation Curator, as he discusses the meaning, significance, and importance of the paint schemes and iconography of our Warbirds.

Tickets: $20/FHC Members $15

MARCH 12

History of German Rocketry

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Late in WWII, the German military fielded rocket engines in a series of unusual aircraft and rockets like the Me-163 rocket interceptor or the A-4/V-2 tactical ballistic missile.  While well advanced and far ahead of the technology available to the Allies, they had limited to no success for the German war effort, and were produced under horrendous conditions using forced labor.  With the unique artifacts from World War II Germany on display in the Flying Heritage Collection as a backdrop, senior spacecraft propulsions engineer and aerospace historian Dr. Dieter M. Zube will discuss their revolutionary propulsion systems.  His presentation will include the historical context of their development, production, and military use as well as their influence on post war missiles and space exploration.

Tickets: $20/FHC Members $15


APRIL 9

Meet the Mitchell - Inside FHC's B-25J

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Climb inside FHC's iconic B-25J Mitchell medium bomber. The B-25 Mitchell became a World War II legend through its service in the Pacific, from the Doolittle Raid through the bombing of the Japanese home islands. Join FHC Aviation Curator Cory Graff as he outlines the importance of the B-25 and visitors are allowed to examine our example closer than they ever have before.

Tickets: $20/FHC Members $15

MAY 25

Tankfest Northwest
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bring the family out to enjoy tanks, military vehicles and artillery weapons at this festive annual Flying Heritage Collection event, which includes driving and firing demonstrations and a Puget Sound Military Vehicle Collectors Club parade.

Free admission for veterans.

JULY 25

FHC Skyfair
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2nd Annual Air & Ground Show