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Despite Rain, Flying Heritage's SkyFair Delights

7/28/2015 : Cory Graff

Despite Rain, Flying Heritage's SkyFair Delights

7/28/2015 : Cory Graff

The joke around Seattle is that summer starts on July 5th; right after the fireworks celebrations have been ruined by rain.  Statistically, the last week in July is one of the best of the year. That is why the Flying Heritage Collection picks that weekend for its premier air and ground show at Paine Field -- FHC’s SkyFair.

This year, however, the FHC’s military planes and tanks were engaged in a battle, not with one another, but with misty rain rolling through in waves from the west. Several thousand visitors braved the weather to watch various military machines rumble along the collection’s tank arena, puffing smoke and firing their guns for the crowds. Pacific Northwest native and former Seahawk Marcus Trufant kicked off the show by “pulling the trigger” on a WWII-era German 88 mm cannon.

As afternoon came, no one was sure the clouds would lift long enough to put on a flying demonstration. After patiently waiting for an opening, the sun briefly shone through and the FHC’s guest aircraft, a pair of Korean War jet fighters from the Planes of Fame Air Museum in California, scrambled into the broken skies.

An artillery piece staged a mock battle with an attacking P-47 Thunderbolt, and then the Snohomish County Sheriff’s UH-1H Huey helicopter buzzed the flight line. The show wrapped up with four of the FHC’s most popular vintage aircraft lumbering by in fabulous formations for the cameras.

As the last aircraft landed, the dreary weather closed in again, but the event was a success for those who came to see these dramatic machines in action again.