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“Great for plane enthusiasts and more!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flying Heritage Collection

Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th Street SW, Everett, WA 98204
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Everett
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Flying Heritage Collection, located at Paine Field in Everett, boasts last-of-their-kind aircraft and artifacts from WWII, restored to the highest level of authenticity. Each aircraft has a story and FHC docents are on hand to give you all the exciting details. After your tour, stop by the gift shop and purchase an aviation inspired bottle of wine or a book written by FHC Military Aviation Curator, Cory Graff. Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays Labor Day thru Memorial Day.
Mukilteo, Washington
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“Great for plane enthusiasts and more!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I am by no means a plane enthusiast, but this place was fascinating! It wasn't too expensive (and they give military, Boeing, and AAA discounts), and the planes are interesting, but the real gems of this place aren't the planes, it's the docents! These guys know EVERYTHING. My WW2 plane-obssessed brother-in-law didn't ask a single question our docent, Norm, couldn't answer. And he told fascinating stories! The docent walked us around to each plane, telling us both the history of the model of plane, and the specific planes on display themselves-- and the tour (about 1.5-2 hours) was totally free. Fabulous!

If you are into planes, or if you are even into history in the tiniest way, this place will be worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Tigard, Oregon
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“WW2 planes and more.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The museum focuses heavily upon the aircraft of WW2 and the roles they played during that time. Each plane has a placard that tells you about that model as well as that particular plane's own history. The museum also has video monitors throughout, all giving you more insight into events surrounding the war.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth it, if you're into planes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

First thing you'll notice is that it's $12 to get in and there aren't many more than a dozen planes to see. So, it's a bit pricey compared to the zoo or science center which are much, much, larger. But if you or or kids are dying to see a real P-51 mustang, Spitfire, and Fock-Wulf 190, then this could be the place for you.

This place is unusal because they offer you a guided tour on the spot, even if you came by yourself. I would take them up on the opportunity since you will be able to appreciate the planes much better and if you take the tour, it will take about an hour to see the planes instead of 10 minutes if you just walk through it.

If you bring the kids, I would recommend seeing a war movie like "Red-tails" so they can appreciate the planes they are looking at, otherwise, I could see them getting bored fast. It may not make it worth the price of admission which seems pretty steep for what it is. Considering how many billions Paul Allen has, he should make this musuem free if he really wants to promote the history and appreciation of these planes.

Visited September 2012
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Fargo, North Dakota
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“An Amazing Collection of Planes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We visited the collection at Paine Field as part of a group of former B-52 crewmen who flew the Linebacker II missions that ultimately brought the war in Vietnam to an end. It was an especially interesting tour because these are magnificent warbirds that changed the world just as the B-52 has done in its time. What's particularly exciting about the collection is that many of the aircraft have been restored and are still in flying condition. There are scheduled Fly Days when visitors have the opportunity to watch them take to the skies once again. This collection doesn't just celebrate the brave pilots though; it pays special attention to the designers and engineers; the manufacturers and civilians who built them; and the countless mechanics, loadmasters and other personnel who kept them flying safely in the skies.

I would have to agree this is probably not a kid-friendly tour unless your child is really, really interested in flying. I'm sure even our teenaged sons wouldn't have enjoyed it in spite of their dad's USAF background! The wives in our group seemed to enjoy it but I'm guessing it's because many of us lived those Linebacker II missions and the Strategic Air Command years along with our husbands. Mostly, I believe this tour gave me an even greater appreciation for the guys in the hangars on the ground who brought my husband home from each sortie. They're the real heroes.

Visited September 2012
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Kirkland, Washington
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“Flying History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

For the buff and enthusiast, this is a place to die for. All models are working and flying. No this isn't for the young ones, but an up front and open display area of some of the greatest flying historical aircraft in the country.

The guides that work on the planes are superb for their passion and pride!

Visited August 2012
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