For devotees of rare wartime flying hardware, April 12 should be a significant date to mark on your calendars.
That’s the day that the second hangar opens at the Flying Heritage Collection’s exhibit at Everett’s Paine Field. The second building will allow the collection to put on public display more of its collection of fighters, bombers and wartime hardware. The new building also includes a 49-seat theater for short movies about World War II events.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Flying Heritage Collection, its Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s collection of mostly World War II aircraft and equipment. The collection is unique in that the aircraft of have been restored to flying condition and regularly put on public flying displays.
Between Hangar 2 and the original hangar, some 19 aircraft and auxiliary equipment such as the M4A1 Sherman tank will be on public exhibit.
The new display will include one of the few privately owned MiG29 fighters in the world. That Soviet fighter before the end of the Cold War was usually only seen in flying displays at May Day parades and in Eastern Bloc countries. The fighter was the Soviet Union’s answer to the U.S. F-14 and F-15.
The twin-engine fighter at the collection served in the Ukranian Air Force.
The second hangar opens with ceremonies at 11 a.m. April 12. Admission is free opening day. The museum is located at 3407 109th Street SW in Everett on the east side of the former Air Force base.