In September 2012 I was invited to take part in a great experience, my first formation flight! This took place during the Vintage Flying Weekend at the Historic Flight Foundation located at Paine Field in Everett (north of Seattle, Washington). The flight was in a group of four historic aircraft from the Cascade Warbirds – two Ryan Navion’s (first introduced… Read More Formation flying over the Puget Sound (an exciting first for me)
Back in the early days of Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft (AEW&C) they would have massive radar domes and sensors fitted above or below the fuselage such as the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star (1952-1984 in US service), Grumman E-1 Tracer (1958-1977 US Navy) and Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (1959-1978 Royal Navy). The latter two types operated off aircraft… Read More Boeing 737 AEW&C
Back in February 2012 I visited the Flying Heritage Collection to see their Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik (click on the link to read about that day and the history of this particular aircraft) that had just arrived from Russia to be put back together in preparation for its first flight in the United States. This flight was meant to… Read More Flight of the Il-2 Sturmovik
Well Saturday August 11th, 2012 was the day German World War Two fighters, a Messerschmitt Bf-109E and Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 were meant to fly at the Flying Heritage Collection – Luftwaffe Flying Day. Alas things didn’t quite work out as planned! The Bf-109 was ruled out due to technical problems, so it was replaced in the flying schedule by a Fieseler Fi-156 Storch… Read More Luftwaffe Day 2012 – Flying Heritage Collection
May 19th, 2012 Flying season kicks off in Washington State for 2012!
WILLY MESSERSCHMITT Wilhelm “Willy” Emil Messerschmitt (June 26th, 1898 – September 15th, 1978) was one of the most influential German aircraft designers and manufacturers of the 1930’s and World War Two. His aircraft used by the German Luftwaffe were some of the most successful and innovative fighting machines of that period including the Bf 109 (the Bf designation comes… Read More Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf 109
Back on September 24th, 2011 the Flying Heritage Collection were coming to the end of their summer flying days at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. On these days they fly aircraft from the collection, often with guest aircraft from other nearby museums. This particular day they were flying the North American B-25J Mitchell bomber and ground… Read More B-25 Flying Day 2011