Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Museum of Flight

Restoration Center main floor with the men who make it possable
Talk about cool places to visit on the planet is, Paine Field located in Everett, Washington and is home to three outstanding collections of vintage WWII aircraft. The Museum of Flight Restoration center is just that, a restoration center, and is in the process of bringing dozens of aircraft together for static display. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has amassed a huge collection of FLYING WWII aircraft at the Flying Heritage Collection. John Sessions has also put together an incredible collection of flying WWII aircraft as well, including a Grumman F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat.

Every aircraft that is brought to the 23,000-square-foot facility undergoes a thorough evaluation in order to determine the nature of the work needed. A restoration team is then assembled and work begins. About fifty volunteers are working on between three and five projects at any given time. To the north, we have Bellingham which hosts the Heritage Flight Museum, founded by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, which provide many viewing opportunities for the fans here in Everett.

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Original FW-190A-5 Powered by BMW-801 

BMW-801 at Imperial War Museum Duxford, England
This is just fabulous the FW-190A-5 with the original BMW-801 a powerful German air-cooled 14-cylinder-radial aircraft engine built by BMW and used in a number of German Luftwaffe aircraft during World War II. Production versions of the twin-row engine generated between 1,560 and 2,000 PS (1,540-1,970 hp or 1,150-1,470 kW). It was the most produced radial engine of Germany in World War II with more than 28,000 built. 

Today Flying Heritage Collection owns and maintains the only flying original Focke-Wulf 190 in the world at this time. Though several are under restoration, this unique Fw-190 was recovered from an overgrown forest in the 1990's and became airworthy only a few years ago. The 190 is flown before crowds at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, thanks to owner Paul Allen. 

Fight to Fly Photography home page site, thanks for sharing the beautiful stills and wonderful filming you perform.


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