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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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MAY 30

TankFest Northwest
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


PLEASE NOTE: TankFest Northwest Parking is off-site this year.

Come see and hear our newly restored SCUD!

Strongman Mark Kirsch will attempt to simultaneously pull a Soviet T-34/85 tank and 20-ton truck. The total weight will be roughly 57 tons, which has never been attempted before. The truck, loaned by Dick’s Towing, weighs 20 tons. The Soviet World War II era battle tank, part of the FHC’s collection, weighs another 37 tons.

Nicholas Moran, Wargaming’s “The Chieftain,” will lecture on the Development of Tank Destroyers at noon. The Reptile Man will be exhibiting his creatures at 12:45. All day, there will be remote control tank demonstrations with NORDPAC, the IPMS Modeler’s Club, the Puget Sound Military Vehicles Collectors’ Club, World of Tanks Gaming, and a Battlezone Kids’ Area.

Two lucky visitors will win the raffle to “pull the trigger” on one of two German 88mm “flak guns” at the end of the performance. Tickets are $2 each, with the proceeds going to the non-profit Friends of Flying Heritage. You must be 18 or older to fire the cannon.

TankFest Northwest is free to Veterans. Adults $16, Seniors $14, Youth $12, and Kids under 5 are free. Family Packs, 2 adults and up to four kids, are $40.

For Schedule of Events visit our TankFest Northwest Event page

JUNE 18

Famous Fighters/Father's Day, Free Fly Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Take dad to Paine Field on Father’s Day weekend to see the Flying Heritage Collection’s amazing aircraft take to the skies. Father and son teams Steve and Steven Hinton, along with Bud and Ross Granley will fly some of FHC’s most legendary aircraft—the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, the big and burley P-47, the mighty Spitfire, and the famous Japanese Zero!

Watching the flying demonstration is always free, but why not make the day of it? Museum admission gets you entry for special events and lectures, a free pilots’ autograph signing session, and an up-close look at some of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world!

Doors open at 10 am, planes fly at noon!

PLEASE NOTE: The flights are planned activities but are subject to weather conditions, pilot availability, and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Flying may be cancelled without notice due to these factors. Please call (877) FHC-3404.

JULY 16

Battle of Britain Day, Free Fly Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The planes that fought in the skies over Great Britain take to the air once again at the Flying Heritage Collection! The hearty Hurricane, swift Spitfire, and the deadly Messerschmitt Bf 109 are all ready to fly.

Watching the flying demonstration is always free, but why not make the day of it? Museum admission gets you entry for special events and lectures, a free pilots’ autograph signing session, and an up-close look at some of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world!

Doors open at 10 am, planes fly at noon!

PLEASE NOTE: The flights are planned activities but are subject to weather conditions, pilot availability, and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Flying may be cancelled without notice due to these factors. Please call (877) FHC-3404.

JULY 30

FHC SkyFair
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The FHC’s all-day 3rd Annual Air & Ground Show will include a multitude of vehicle and plane demos, WWII re-enactors, RC tanks, kid’s activities, and PC gaming. Enjoy a dance band and lots of food vendors while you watch some of the rarest planes in the world take to the skies!

Doors open at 10AM.

Discounted presale ticket information can be found at Brown Paper Tickets.

Web Site: http://skyfair.brownpapertickets.com

AUGUST 13

NEW DATE Luftwaffe Day, Free Fly Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Flying Heritage Collection holds some of the rarest and most iconic German aircraft of World War II. On Saturday, the famous Bf 109 Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 will take to the skies once again! Also scheduled to fly is the super-slow-moving Fieseler Storch spotter plane!

Watching the flying demonstration is always free, but why not make the day of it? Museum admission gets you entry for special events and lectures, a free pilots’ autograph signing session, and an up-close look at some of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world!

Doors open at 10 am, planes fly at noon!

PLEASE NOTE: The flights are planned activities but are subject to weather conditions, pilot availability, and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Flying may be cancelled without notice due to these factors. Please call (877) FHC-3404.

SEPTEMBER 17

Flying Tanks Day, Free Fly Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Flying Heritage Collection brings out the heavyweights on September 17th, 2016. See the Ilyushin IL-2M3 Shturmovik, the North American B-25 Bomber, and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt flying through the sky!

Watching the flying demonstration is always free, but why not make the day of it? Museum admission gets you entry for special events and lectures, a free pilots’ autograph signing session, and an up-close look at some of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world!

Doors open at 10 am, planes fly at noon!

PLEASE NOTE: The flights are planned activities but are subject to weather conditions, pilot availability, and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Flying may be cancelled without notice due to these factors. Please call (877) FHC-3404.

OCTOBER 8

Monster Bash
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Get scary close to a multitude of mythical and marvelous machines at the
Flying Heritage Collection’s third annual Monster Bash! Snap a picture with a real monster truck! Examine the famous 30-ton Sherman tank up close!

A collection of big, bad, and burly vehicles will descend on the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field on October 8th, from 10 am to 2 pm. All are welcome, but kids under 13 who come in costume get in free! Exhibitors will hand out treats to attendees while supplies last.

Food options will be on hand to allow you to stay all day and explore the FHC’s exhibits and a sensational squadron of ultra-rare vintage aircraft and vehicles.