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
October 11, 2016 : HeraldNet
Colors of war as seen on vehicles, artillery

September 26, 2016 : worldwarbirdnews
Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand

September 21, 2016 : mukilteobeacon.com
Vietnam vets take a seat in 'Thud' one more time

August 31, 2016 : HeraldNet
The many lives of F-105 Number 336

August 10, 2016 : mukilteobeacon.com
SkyFair crowd watches from below | Through Your Lens

July 25, 2016 : The Herald
Tanks, cannon fire and flying at SkyFair

June 09, 2016 : The Herald
Veterans of World War II meet to ride a B-17 bomber again

February 17, 2016 : Warbirds News
All-Access Tour of FHC’s Superb North American B-25J Mitchell

August 13, 2015 : King 5 Evening
The Flying Heritage Collection

July 15, 2015 : Warbird News
Flying Heritage Collection - SkyFair Display

October 02, 2014 : The Herald
Flying Heritage Collection welcomes Scud missile carrier

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

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