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Flying High: FHC's Free Fly Days a Summer Tradition

11/15/2013

Flying High: FHC's Free Fly Days a Summer Tradition

11/15/2013

Each summer, hundreds of visitors flock to Paine Field in Everett, Washington to glimpse some of the world’s rarest WWII warbirds perform flying demonstrations for the crowds. Iconic fighter jets and combat veterans zip and dive across the skies, reliving their former glory. These “Fly Days” are completely free for visitors and brought to the community by the Flying Heritage Collection. The Flying Heritage Collection, founded in the late 1990s by Paul G. Allen, highlights rare aircraft and artifacts that are meticulously restored to their original working condition as an homage to the rich history of aviation.

During the summer, the Flying Heritage Collection puts on a handful of Fly Days and features two or three pre-selected planes at each event. Pilots are on hand to discuss the stories behind the aircraft, what it’s like to fly these planes, and answer the public’s questions. On special occasions, like Fathers’ Day, the Flying Heritage Collection even raffles off free flights to the dads in the audience.

When summer wraps up, Fly Days do too and our vintage aircraft are tucked into the hangars, awaiting a break in the rain, when the Flying Heritage Collection will take them out for practice spins over the airfield throughout the off-season. If you haven’t seen these epic fighters in action yet, put it on your summer must-do list. We release our summer Fly Day schedule in the late spring each year on www.flyingheritage.com.