Restoration

The painstaking process of restoring the Flying Heritage Collection's aircraft sets them apart from all other aviation artifacts, each restored to a level of authenticity never attempted before. FHC's team exhaustively researches and seeks out original vendors to reconstruct materials and components that have become obsolete. From cotton-coated wiring and lacquer and enamel paint to vintage cockpit furnishings and original radios that still operate, these planes are as authentic as is possible.

Careful examination of long-lost or overlooked factory drawings and specifications have also been resurrected for Flying Heritage Collection restorations, resulting in highly accurate specimens. FHC also explores more ephemeral historical elements that are easily lost to time, such as the innovation, manufacturing techniques, and teamwork that went into each aircraft.

Finally, each plane's individual history – manufacturing, deployment, combat, post-war activities, locations and repairs – is also comprehensively researched and archived, so that the artifact's story is left to posterity as well as its airframe.


In The News
September 23, 2014 : Herald Tribune
Dueling for best warplane collection

July 21, 2014 : The Seattle Times
The White Knight

July 17, 2014 : King5.com
A bond forged by battle

January 15, 2014 : King5.com
Work begins on tank arena at Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection

January 15, 2014 : Seattle PI
WWII tanks to battle in Everett arena

June 04, 2013 : Forbes
Inside Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen's Multi-Million Dollar WWII Airplane Collection

May 20, 2013 : Seattle PI
German V-2 rocket lands at Flying Heritage Collection

May 20, 2013 : Everett Herald
German V-2 rocket added to Flying Heritage Collection

April 10, 2013 : Seattle Times
Symbols of war roll into Paine Field

March 07, 2013 : The New Zealand Herald
United States: Rare air

January 21, 2013 : Air Classics
FHC Moves Forward

December 06, 2012 : The News Tribune
Ship brings World War II tank to Tacoma

July 30, 2012 : Herald
Flying Heritage Collection expansion set to begin

May 30, 2012 : Seattle Times
Tankfest Northwest

February 15, 2012 : Seattle PI
Unique WWII Soviet fighter reassembled in Everett

October 27, 2011 : FHC News
The Flying Heritage Collection Adds Another Vintage Warbird

October 13, 2011 : EAA News
Ilyushin Il-2 Flies Again

June 16, 2011 : Seattle Times
Summer Fly Days are the big (free) show for Paul Allen's rare warbirds

June 16, 2011 : Seattle PI
Flying Heritage Collection gets WWII B-25 bomber

June 01, 2011 : Mukilteo Beacon
First ever Tankfest Northwest at Paine Field

June 01, 2010 : The Daily Herald
Everett's WWII air museum adds ground firepower to collection

May 27, 2010 : KOMONews.com Everett Neighborhood Blog
WWII tanks to drive, fire at Paine Field on Memorial Day

May 20, 2010 : SeattlePI.com
Flying Heritage Collection rolls out armored vehicles

November 12, 2009 : Travel Channel
Paul Allen's Military Plane Collection