Paul Allen, of Microsoft fame, has opened a museum–The Flying Heritage Collection–featuring a collection of World War II fighter aircraft in Everett, Washington, not very far at all from Rusty Heaps HQ. It’s tremendous. And the best part? They are all in flying condition, and are flown!
(Well, the Komet rocket plane isn’t flown–the landing gear falls off upon take-off and one in four times they simply explode in flight.) But the rest get into the air on “fly days.” Today it was the P-47 and the Russian Polikarpov PO-2 biplane (the “Night Witches” flew these sturdy aircraft; the all-woman squadron terrorized the German citizens at 70 MPH):
Below are some scenes from the museum. I’ve been twice now and can see myself visiting many more times, despite vintage planes not being a particularly strong passion. For the $12 admission, it’s a bargain.