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Paul Allens Flying Heritage Collection moves to Everett
ARLINGTON After years at the Arlington airport, Paul G. Allens Flying Heritage Collection is on the move, giving motorists and sky-watchers alike some chances to check out the aircraft before theyre all relocated to their new home at Everetts Paine Field.
The move began March 19, when flatbed trucks were loaded with a Nakjima K143-1B Oscar, an F6F-5 Hellcat, and a Fieseler Fi-103 Reichenberg and V-1 Buzz Bomb, and drove southbound on Interstate 5 from the Arlington Municipal Airport to Paine Field.
The two aircraft and two inactive missiles are among the collections 15 aircraft and three artifacts, of which 11 aircraft will be flown from the Arlington airport to Paine Field during the next three to four weeks.
Michael Nank, media relations manager with Vulcan, explained the reason for the move, as well as the reason why it was taking place over such an extended period of time.
Given the ages of the planes, we need specially licensed pilots to fly them, and they have a limited amount of airtime to spare, said Nank, who added that the World War II-era collection would open to the public in a new 51,000-square-foot exhibition hangar at Paine Field June 6, giving aviation enthusiasts, history buffs and casual visitors more space to see these restored military artifacts.
You dont even need to be into aviation or history to appreciate the beauty of these pieces, Nank said. These are wonderful aircraft and well be giving the public opportunities to see them up close and personal.
Allens collection also includes a Messerschmitt BF 109E and 163 Komet, a P-40C Tomahawk, a Hawker Hurricane MK.II B, a Supermarine Spitfire MK. VC, a Polikarpov U2/PO-2 and 1-16 RATA, a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a North American P-51D Mustang, a Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, a Curtiss JE-4D Jenny, a Fieseler F1 156-C2 Storch, a Fockewulf 190 A-5, and an Avro Lancaster nose section.
The collection covers a range of wartime technological developments, from 1935-1945, and planes from the United States, Britain, Russian, Germany and Japan, the five major combatants of WW II.
The new facility for the collection will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays, the rest of the year. It will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To learn more about Allens collection, you may log onto www.flyingheritage.com, or call 206-342-4242. The collections new home will be located at 3407 109th St. SW, Everett.