de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito T.Mk.III (TV959) is currently a work in progress at the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) located at Paine Field, Washington. This particular one is currently the third flying Mosquito example (with more to follow) and the second reconstructed and restored to flight by Avspecs Ltd. in New Zealand (FB.Mk.26 fighter bomber KA114 being the first in 2013 and… Read More FHC Mosquito TV959 – Putting a “Wooden Wonder” Back Together Again
On a recent visit to the Flying Heritage Collection it was cool to see the newest static addition to their museum, a Republic F-105G Thunderchief called “Patience” (serial number 63-8336). The aircraft was originally manufactured in 1964 as a two-seat, fully combat capable F-105F trainer (earlier production model F-105B/D aircraft were single seaters) but was heavily modified in 1971 to… Read More A Big “Thud” at the Flying Heritage Collection
September 17th opened up as a wet, grey and cloudy day. The inclement weather did not bode well for the last Flying Heritage Collection flying day for the year (as is the way, the day before and after were sunny days!). Flying Tanks Day was to be a showcase of some of the FHC heavy hitting ground attack… Read More FHC Flying Tanks Day 2016
When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise… A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had… Read More Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond
The world’s only original flying Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 ground attack “Butcher Bird” had alluded me for years. Yes I had seen this fine aircraft recovered from a Russian swamp and returned to flight numerous times on the ground but never in the sky. In 2012 the Flying Heritage Collection Luftwaffe Flying Day at Paine… Read More FHC Luftwaffe Flying Day 2016
This years FHC Skyfair was another great one. This was the third annual air and ground show put on by the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington (my second attendance having gone to the first in 2014). This years theme was to commemorate the upcoming 75 years since the beginning of the Pacific War in December… Read More FHC Skyfair 2016
Bud and Ross Granley of Granley Family Airshows taxi out in their fully aerobatic 4-seat utility Yakovlev Yak-18T and single-seat Yak-55M outside the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Washington. As they leave they are passing a new Boeing 747-8 series and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. East meets west.