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Wing windows serve crucial functions on Corsair fighter plane

One was for a gun camera and the other helps with aircraft carrier landings at night.

 

Wood from around the globe made the de Havilland Mosquito

We all know the de Havilland Mosquito was made mostly of wood,…

 

Many of Everett museum’s displays took part in real combat

A large number of the aircraft in the Flying Heritage Combat Armor…

 

Spoiler alert: Corsair’s contraption solved lift loss problem

There were all sorts of problems with getting the Corsair ready for carrier operations. Besides the bouncy landing gear and super-long “hose nose,” early versions… Continue reading

Dummy rivet really a ‘doorbell’ to WWII Japanese tank interior

Anybody out there? The Flying Heritage Combat Armor Museum’s new (old) Type 95 Japanese tank is an interesting addition to the collection. Japanese fighting vehicles… Continue reading

Seattle-built two-ton winch used in WWII boat

We were met with a pleasant surprise when examining Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s latest artifact. The two-ton winch used to open the ramp… Continue reading

How Disney artists came to create cigar-smoking plane toon

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s Corsair was assigned to Marine Squadron VMF-115. Famous Marine ace Joe Foss was chosen to take command of the… Continue reading

New name, new military history on display at Flying Heritage

We’re excited to announce we’re changing our name to the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum! With FORTY-ONE, yes 41, new tanks, vehicles and other… Continue reading

Flying Heritage Collection plane’s painted markings tell tales

The Flying Heritage Collection’s Mosquito is back from the paint shop and nearly finished. Flight Officer Alan Wagner of No. 605 Squadron flew “Wag’s War-Wagon”… Continue reading

Does this plane make us look fat?

As the de Havilland Mosquito inches toward completion, it gets bigger and bigger. First the wings, then the twin engines, control surfaces, tail planes, and… Continue reading

Digging in for the M55 howitzer’s booming shot

The M55 self-propelled howitzer has what looks like a toothy bulldozer blade going the wrong way, mounted at the rear of its turret. When you’re… Continue reading

They’re not whiskers, they’re Huey helicopter FM antennae

How do you know if your Huey is “old school?” It has a pair of “cat’s whisker” antenna mounted in the nose. The four vertical… Continue reading

Origins of the 1st Cavalry Division’s insignia

The 1st Cavalry Division’s insignia is one of the most recognizable in the world. It was created in 1921 by Gladys Fitch Dorcy, the wife… Continue reading

American-made M48 ‘Patton’ tank back home from Jordan

The Flying Heritage Collection’s new M48A1 Patton tank has taken the long way around to its final destination. The tank was built in the United… Continue reading

Assembling the de Havilland Mosquito at Flying Heritage Center

The de Havilland Mosquito is mostly made out of wood, so putting it back together should be no problem right? Get out the nails and… Continue reading

Spare Cadillac engines found second life after Stuart tanks

The line hardly ever stopped at the Cadillac engine factory during wartime. Hundreds of new, big V8 engines were crated up each week for use… Continue reading

Lots of work in the paint booth to make the F105G authentic

Painting the FHC’s F-105G Thunderchief was a challenge. Beyond all the “big stuff,” like the national insignia, camouflage, serial numbers and a multitude of warnings… Continue reading

What’s the F-105 tail hook for?

That’s odd, the F-105 has a tail hook. It’s not for carrier operations though. Many Air Force planes have a tail hook for safety. Most… Continue reading

Identifying helicopter battalions a matter of color and shape

Similar to Navy planes during World War II, the helicopters of the 1st Cavalry had a distinctive but intentionally vague series of colors and symbols… Continue reading

F-15 belly lumps hold electronic countermeasures

The Flying Heritage Collection’s “Wild Weasel” F-105G has distinctive lumps on its belly that set it apart from the standard bomber versions of the Thunderchief.… Continue reading