June 26, 2013 - Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection (FHC), one of the world’s premier collections of World War II-era military aircraft, recently restored its Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, only one of five in the world that is in flying condition! Media and the public are invited to watch this plane make its public flying debut in a free display of aviation history.
The Hellcat will take to the skies as part of the continuation of the FHC’s Free Summer Fly Days series. FHC offers free Fly Days throughout the summer, bringing history to life through its WWII aircraft demonstrations.
The Hellcat will be joined in the sky by the tiger-striped Japanese Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen (Zero). FHC is the only museum in the world with BOTH a flying Hellcat and a flying Zero – making their flight together extremely rare.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - Hellcats were the Navy’s fighting workhorse of the Pacific Theater battles in WWII. Today, Hellcats are incredibly rare, with 26 originals in existence. Only five Hellcats in the world are in flying condition, and one of those is stationed at FHC.
In 2000, FHC purchased its Hellcat and in 2009 assembled an engineering team - who have completely restored the Hellcat and brought it back to its former glory. The extraordinarily rare Hellcat is the only aircraft at FHC to be restored from start to finish by in-house engineers in FHC’s Paine Field hangar.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - noon - 1 p.m.
Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field
3407 109th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204
Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection highlights some of the most important and iconic military machines of the 20th Century. The rare aircraft and artifacts at FHC are meticulously restored to their original working condition. Earlier in 2013, FHC opened a second hangar, which greatly expanded its facility, and added all-new exhibits and artifacts. For more information visit www.flyingheritage.com or call (877) FHC-3404.