Flying Heritage Collection

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Flying Heritage Collection
Polikarpov Po-2 Paul Allen's WWII Flying Heritage Collection.jpg
The collection's Polikarpov Po-2 on display.
Established 2004
Location Paine Field, Everett, Washington
Type Aviation museum

The Flying Heritage Collection is Paul G. Allen's collection of rare military aircraft, which comprises artifacts from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Collection opened to the public in 2004 at the Arlington, Washington airfield, but in 2008 moved to a newly renovated historic industrial hangar located at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, United States.[1] In 2013, the Flying Heritage Collection added a 22,000 square foot expansion hangar for its expanding collection.

The Flying Heritage Collection includes important military machines of the 20th century. These designs represent both an era of global turmoil and a time of great technological innovation.

The Flying Heritage Collection is housed in a pair of working hangars. In the first, the exhibits focus on the home fronts and innovations of the major combatants—the United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, and Great Britain. The second hangar exhibits follow each nation’s combat machines into the five theaters of war, where harsh environmental conditions influenced the use and development of technology. Fly Days, scheduled throughout the summer, are an opportunity to watch vintage aircraft fly and meet their pilots. Throughout the calendar year, FHC offers educational and gaming opportunities along with special events like TankFest Northwest. TankFest Northwest is a Memorial Day show in which the Collection's restored WWII-era tanks, vehicles, and weapons put on driving and firing demonstrations.

The Flying Heritage Collection is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a nonprofit corporation focused on educating the public about these aircraft.


In 1998, Paul Allen began acquiring and preserving vintage aircraft.[2] 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.

Many of the historic aircraft have been restored to flying condition.[3]

The airworthy Ilyushin Il-2 of the Flying Heritage Collection, flown with a "reversed" Allison V-1710 powerplant, as the original engine had been designed to do.

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Coordinates: 47°53′57″N 122°16′47″W / 47.89917°N 122.27972°W / 47.89917; -122.27972