Flight Paths

Get to know the Flying Heritage Collection

The Flying Heritage Collection is the private collection of philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. The FHC’s beautifully restored warbirds and vehicles help visitors… Continue reading

Tail wheel is a piece of Hellcat’s past

The Hellcat’s tail wheel tire tells us a little bit about its history. It looks like the tire on a Mustang or Thunderbolt, which are… Continue reading

Veterans provide an answer that photos couldn’t

Sometimes veterans are a great source of information. When the Flying Heritage Collection’s Ki-43 “Oscar” was being restored in New Zealand, a faint shadow of… Continue reading

Hellcat gets an electrical upgrade

Right now, Flying Heritage Collection’s F6F-5 Hellcat is getting an electrical upgrade. Actually, it’s more of a careful downgrade. Over the fighter’s career, it has… Continue reading

Vintage images of the Fighting Bulldogs (gallery)

The Flying Heritage Collection’s Hurricane carries an image of a bulldog, wearing pilot’s helmet and boxing gloves, duking it out with the viewer as the… Continue reading

Hellcats were built to take a beating

The Flying Heritage Collection’s Hellcat is currently up on jack stands, awaiting a landing gear test. Great care is taken to assure that the plane… Continue reading

Friend or foe? Maybe yellow markings gave the answer

Both of our Japanese fighter aircraft wear a yellow band along the leading edge of their wings. After late 1941, most Japanese combat aircraft have… Continue reading

Historic planes’ interior parts sport shocking colors

The interior components of a plane like the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt glow with greenish yellow panels and plates. The strange stuff is zinc chromate —… Continue reading

A plane name only an ornithologist could love

If you have visited the Flying Heritage Collection, you had to wonder about that odd name painted on the nose of the P-51 Mustang. Upupa… Continue reading

Antenna kept bomber signal strong

How do you get the best signal from a flying bomber? The FHC’s B-25 Mitchell has a trailing antenna that can be extended into the… Continue reading

What victory markings on Thunderbolt mean

The FHC’s Republic P-47 Thunderbolt has two types of victory markings on its side. For some of the “ground-pounding” units in the 9th Air Force,… Continue reading

Plug gave V-1 ‘Buzz Bomb’ a spark

If you look closely at the top of the engine cowling of a V-1 “Buzz Bomb,” you will see a familiar but seemingly out-of-place object:… Continue reading

Plane’s astrodome made navigating by stars possible

Like the 16th century sailing ships of Britain’s Royal Navy, the crew of the FHC’s Avro Lancaster found their way at night by using the… Continue reading

Handles help get a grip on biplane

The FHC’s Curtiss Jenny has a pair of handles on its bottom wing. While they seem a bit odd, they are actually quite useful for… Continue reading

Zero’s wheel coverings make for difficult tire maintenance

The Zero has fairings that cover the plane’s main landing gear legs and tires almost entirely when they are retracted into the wing. While it… Continue reading

Linked wings help fighter land

Recently, we were shooting photos of the FHC’s Messerschmitt Bf 109. Part of getting the plane “cleaned up” to shoot was centering the ailerons and… Continue reading

Self-destruct button not just in the movies

It’s all very James Bond, but some U.S. combat aircraft had a self-destruct mechanism mounted in the cockpit. If a pilot crash landed in enemy… Continue reading

Restoring the scars on a warplane’s spars

The spars of a Mitsubishi Zero are a nightmare to a warbird restorer. Made of Extra Super Duralumin, an aluminum alloy, the spars are light… Continue reading

Counting the cylinders of the Hellcat’s engine

The cowling is off of the Flying Heritage Collection’s Hellcat at the moment. The stripped-down nose of the fighter gives you the opportunity to trace… Continue reading