Flight Paths

Putting a debate to rest: Shooting through the engine

There was a ton of drama and debate after we re-posted a discussion of the Fw 190 D-13’s armament arrangement from a Classic Under the… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Little relics found in old military vehicles

You never quite know what you are going to find when you look inside a sixty year old vehicle. While prepping the M55 Self-Propelled Howitzer… Continue reading

Sherman tank equipped with "alarming" communication system

Did you know the Sherman tank has a siren? Provided by the Mars Signal Light Company of Chicago, the siren is a quick and easy… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Debate lingers over the function of this tank’s armored skirts

The FHC’s Hetzer is equipped with thin (5 mm) armored side skirts. The Germans called them “Schürzen.” There is lots of debate as to why… Continue reading

Moment of doubt: How the P-47 warplane came to be

Believe it or not, the first version of the P-47 was a tiny, speedy-looking machine. It was to be powered by an Allison engine and… Continue reading

That’s not a stump, that’s the Il-2 carb intake

The “stump” on the starboard wing root of the Il-2 is the plane’s carburetor intake. Since the big attack plane operated in mud, snow, and… Continue reading

What’s in a nickname?

The Flying Heritage Collection has a total of three Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft. As a result, when the staff communicates, they have to find a… Continue reading

Tanks, cannon fire and flying at SkyFair

The Flying Heritage Collection puts on many events over each summer, but the next one is the biggest. This Saturday, July 30, is SkyFair at… Continue reading

Chill Out, Lead Foot

Damaging government property is a serious offence. In order to keep military equipment (and soldiers) intact, Dodge trucks built during World War II came equipped… Continue reading

Buzzzz

Here’s some Mosquito news that won’t bug you. The Flying Heritage Collection’s de Havilland Mosquito is nearing completion at a restoration facility in New Zealand.… Continue reading

Confuse the Shooter

One of the ways for infantry to stop a German Hetzer tank destroyer was with the help of a high-powered anti-tank rifle. The skirts above… Continue reading

What’s in a self-propelled cannon’s name? A 1960s song.

The apparently aggressive moniker U.S. Marines of the 1st 8-inch Howitzer Battery gave to their M55 self-propelled cannon probably has a much deeper meaning. Before… Continue reading

Illuminating the WWII German vehicle ‘Notek light’

Many of the FHC’s German vehicles are equipped with a “Notek light” for night driving. The unit was named after the company, Nova-Technik GmbH, that… Continue reading

This World War II car’s speedometer topped out at 60 mph

By Cory Graff Damaging government property is a serious offense. In order to keep military equipment (and soldiers) intact, Dodge trucks built during World War… Continue reading

Flying Heritage Collection’s de Havilland Mosquito nears completion

By Cory Graff Here’s some Mosquito news that won’t bug you. The Flying Heritage Collection’s de Havilland Mosquito is nearing completion at a restoration facility… Continue reading

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… Continue reading