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Blocking airline a threat to Boeing workers

Congressman Rick Larsen's incongruous, anti-consumer and anti-Boeing worker rhetoric threatens aerospace jobs at Boeing and kowtows to airline unions afraid of competition that would make low fares to Europe a reality for American consumers. Families in the Puget Sound community should...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Commentary


Solar-plane pilots say cross-ocean trip also was a test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World


Jumping at the chance

Thrill-seekers and others head up in planes and hot air balloons

Date: 04/14/2016 | Local News


Light aluminum vs. strong steel in plane airframes

The wings and fuselage of an aircraft are built to be quite light. Everything part and piece of a plane you pull into the skies will limit performance. However, warplanes have to stand up to lots of punishment and hard use including tough, bouncy landings. Peeking into the inner...

Date: 03/03/2016 | Flight Paths


First Boeing 727 to fly again

Museum is next stop for jet restored in Everett (gallery)

Date: 02/26/2016 | Local News


Tail skid protects planes — and scares pilots

The FHC’s B-25J has a basketball-sized bump on its underside. The odd appendage is a tail skid, protecting the rear of the tail from damage should the pilot pull the nose up too high on takeoff. Early models of the plane were equipped with a retractable skid. Later aircraft had...

Date: 02/25/2016 | Flight Paths


Grounded for 25 years, first Boeing 727 gets ready to fly

EVERETT — The first Boeing 727 is almost ready to take to the sky again. It is tentatively scheduled to take off from Paine Field outside Everett for Boeing Field in Seattle on March 1.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Aerospace Blog


Exhaust plugs keep Mustang engine free of debris

Interesting for all you modelers out there, the FHC’s P-51D Mustang has exhaust stack plugs. These simple wooden shapes were lathed by the hundreds, strung together, and went everywhere the warplane landed. In the warm, dry FHC hangar, however, they serve more as decoration than...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Flight Paths


Government drones won’t be flying here anytime soon

EVERETT — You're unlikely to see local governments flying drones in Snohomish County anytime soon. Bill Quistorf, the chief pilot for the sheriff's office, is advising public agencies in the county to hold off on buying and using drones, at least until the Legislature passes...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Local News


Government not ensuring pilot skills are sharp

WASHINGTON — The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, according to the Transportation Department's internal watchdog.Most airline...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World


Why the dream of the flying car hasn’t panned out

If you’re ever bothered by the blind spots in the typical car today, then you would hate to drive a flying car.But a new Toyota patent offers a solution to a classic flying car problem — awful blind spots and a vehicle that’s too wide for roads, parking spaces and garages.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World


Future of Flight Foundation changes name to Institute of Flight

MUKILTEO — The nonprofit organization that runs the Future of Flight Aviation Center has a new name — the Institute of Flight. The change comes 10...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Local News


A Mitsubishi Zero design mystery solved

Anybody that has built a model of a Mitsubishi Zero has wondered about those strange "biscuits" that stitch their way down the side of the fighter’s engine cowling. Today, we get to see what is underneath. Hooks connect the top half of the engine cover to the bottom.

Date: 12/29/2015 | Flight Paths


Dangerous helicopter bird strikes on the rise, FAA warns

WASHINGTON — The crew of a Dallas police helicopter was searching for a capsized boat last March, when there was a loud explosion and wind rushed through a huge hole in the windshield.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World


Last stop: Paine Field

Popular Snohomish County tourist stop not just for aviation geeks

Date: 12/18/2015 | Life


Ready to fly higher

Future of Flight officials plan growth at 10-year-old center

Date: 12/04/2015 | Local News


FHC's new UH-1B Huey now has matching helmet

Upon release of the FHC’s new UH-1B Huey, an enthusiast named David Warren e-mailed us to show us an image of a helmet. He’d found a brightly-painted flyer’s helmet that was from the same unit — 1st Cavalry, 9th Regiment, A Troop — as our gunship.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Flight Paths


Plane parts fill the floor during inspection season

During inspection season, the floor of the Flying Heritage Collection looks like a model builder’s table. Parts and pieces of aircraft lie on moving blankets under the wings of the planes. These (armored) panels belong to the Il-2 Shturmovik. Note the baggies, filled with...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Flight Paths


Mitsubishi Aircraft pushes back first flight of MRJ

The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has pushed back the first flight of its new regional jet, the MRJ, to the week of Nov. 9 due to a rudder pedal repair.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Is historic aviation center our golden ticket or our Spruce Goose?

A historic aviation center at Paine Field is precisely the jewel Snohomish County needs for a thriving tourism industry. Or it’s a crazy boondoggle.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Web Monkey


Shipping plane props requires careful math, a snug fit

This winter, the FHC mechanics are sending out a whole gaggle of propellers to be inspected. Now that the props are off the planes, FHC staff has to find a good, safe way to transport the props while almost totally assembled. The big props (and their stands) have to fit snugly in the...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Flight Paths


Study says Paine Field should be used for business, not museum

EVERETT — A new study questions the wisdom of setting aside land at Paine Field for a nonprofit historic aircraft aviation center that could attract exhibits — and tourists — from around the globe.Aircraft collector John Sessions has been pursuing the idea...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Local News


Vintage planes get inspected, repaired as flying season ends

Now that the Fly Days are over, mechanics at the Flying Heritage Collection turn to inspections and maintenance on FHC’s vintage aircraft. Periodically, it comes time inspect or overhaul a propeller. This off season, it seems, lots of propellers are due for maintenance. In all,...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Flight Paths


Girls get a glimpse of a future in aviation

SNOHOMISH — Harvey Airfield is kicking off a world-wide effort aimed at getting girls involved aviation.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News


How a Huey helicopter gets around

The FHC is always on the move. With so many aircraft, they are always getting switched from place to place. One might wonder, how do we move the Huey? The heavy helicopter is on skids after all … Staffers attach a set of wheels to the skids near the helicopter’s center of...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Flight Paths


Aircraft's side keeps its mission "score"

Suspended from the ceiling of the FHC’s gallery is Scaled Composites’ White Knight carrier aircraft. If you look closely, on the side is a scoreboard of sorts, exhibiting the lifting/launch missions undertaken by the airplane. Images of SpaceShipOne indicate times White...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Flight Paths


Small planes in deadly crash didn’t try to avoid collision

SAN DIEGO — A witness said the two planes that crashed midair over southern San Diego County earlier this month, killing five people, took no apparent action to avoid each other, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Nation & World


Bigger military training zone could cramp coast jet traffic

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Oregon Air National Guard, which regularly flies over the North Coast, is proposing new training areas for the F-15 Eagle in local airspace that might conflict with private aircraft.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest


Boeing engineer revolutionized hydroplanes with Slo-Mo-Shun IV

Summer in Seattle means Seafair. While the Flying Heritage Collection’s planes take part in the Boeing Seafair Air Show, there used to be aviation ties to the hydroplane races too. In the late 1940s and 1950s, two main factions developed in the hydro world. The teams from Detroit,...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Flight Paths


Museum to take ownership of historic Howard Hughes plane

PORTLAND, Ore. — Legendary mogul Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, a gigantic historic wooden airplane whose fate was mired in a financial dispute, will permanently stay in Oregon.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Lockheed to buy Black Hawk maker Sikorsky for $9B

Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons maker, announced Monday a $9 billion deal to buy helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, pushing further into the world of military hardware despite a recent slowdown in Pentagon spending.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire


‘I was the only one’

Lone crash survivor, 16, walks out of woods

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest


Let the planes begin

Arlington's 46th Fly-In is airborne

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News


Which plane is which?

In the skies over Korea, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MiG-15 looked quite similar. It was very difficult to tell one smoky silver speck from another. A few seconds of indecision could prove deadly. Even up close, the two planes still look quite similar — intake up...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Flight Paths


WWII history takes to the skies

Two of the fighters scheduled to take to the skies at the Flying Heritage Collection’s free Fly Day on June 20 made history as America’s top ace-makers during World War II. The U.S. Army’s North American P-51 Mustang flew in Europe and the Pacific. Flyers of the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Flight Paths


Marysville real estate firm gets FAA approval for drones

MARYSVILLE — The Federal Aviation Administration has given a Marysville real estate agency the green light to use an aerial drone for commercial use.The agency, Barnett Associates, is one of a handful of Washington businesses to receive such an exemption.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business


"Universal wing" became one size fits all for weaponry

The FHC’s Spitfire Mk. Vc has what is called a "universal wing." The wing design is less complex than earlier models and thus was able to be build quicker. One interesting aspect of the new wing was it allowed squadrons to pick the types of weaponry they would like to...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Flight Paths




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