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Flying Heritage Collection

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Address: 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204-1351
Phone Number: 12063424243
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The planes within the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time...

The planes within the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II. Examples include U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese types, which were often pitted against each other in great air battles. These rare survivors were researched, hunted down and sometimes recovered from former battlegrounds and airfields. While a few specimens were rebuilt by previous owners, the majority on display have received restoration of the highest authenticity. In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public. While the education they provide is significant, we hope you take special pleasure in knowing that these historic aircraft are not meant simply for display in a static museum environment. As part of the Flying Heritage Collection, their destiny is to return once more to the sky, where they were always meant to be. The Flying Heritage Collection is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to educating the public about these rare, historic aircraft.

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We went there thinking we would spend 1-hour maximum, it took more than 3! So much information and they had four airplanes flying in the demonstration! Unbelievable! If you like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Issaquah, Washington
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Clearly Mr. Allen spent a fortune restoring the planes and other military vehicles at this museum. If it's not a flying day, I would say it's definitely a destination for war or aviation buffs rather than casual visitors. There isn't a lot of educational material on offer to initiate non-buffs to the importance of the items in the collection. I... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went there thinking we would spend 1-hour maximum, it took more than 3! So much information and they had four airplanes flying in the demonstration! Unbelievable! If you like history, this place is a gem!

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been several years since I visited this collection but I'm still haunted by the sight of a small fabric-covered plane that was flown by two very young girls as one flew the craft and the other hand-lifted the bombs to drop on the enemy from low elevations. Amazing zeal!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a military history buff and have been to military museums in many different countries. I walked into this one thinking that there was one or planes here I had not seen before. As strange as it seems the item that really impressed me was not the FW D9, nor the Zero trainer, nor one of the many other... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 84 year old father came to town for a visit. Since his stamina is not what it use to be I looked for easy short day trips that would not wear him out. How fun it was to share this experience with him!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly unbelievable collection of WW II aircraft, and ALL in flying condition! Very rare planes, from a I-16 Rata to Me-163 to Il-2 Sturmovik! Get up close, smell the oil and av-gas. Well worth the time.

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Snohomish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THANK YOU Paul Allen (Co-founder of Microsoft) for sharing your personal collection of (mostly) World War II aircraft!!!!!! I enjoyed the Flying Heritage Collection! This was my second and surely not my last visit! The exhibits change and there are things I did not notice on the first visit. The planes are fully restored, and mostly functional. Took the self-guided... More 

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Wapato, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

staff is knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and comical. they made the visit better. plenty of planes and craft to stare at for hours. wonderful time. would return.

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Jasper, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic effort to preserve and make history available to all. A fairly small but outstanding collection of historic aircraft well presented. Not to be missed for any aviation or history enthusiast ! Thanks to Paul Allen for investing in our history ! My only disappointment was missing the August flying display !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we live in the area and have visited this small museum a few times. we love it. they give you AAA discounts and our out of town guests love it to. the docents here have flown these planes and are so willing to tell you about them and their personal stories. so fun to visit. very small, low key type... More 

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