Summer Guide

No Blue Angels? Here's Where to Get Your Air Show Fix

Flying Heritage Collection expands, takes its WWII planes to the skies in June.

By Laura Dannen April 11, 2013

One of the good guys: a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, part of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection.

By now you've probably heard that the Blue Angels have been grounded for the rest of 2013. (Sigh.) But that doesn't mean the skies will be empty this summer. Flying Heritage Collection, Paul Allen's aviation toy chest and home to more than two dozen World War II–era aircraft and artifacts, expands this week with a new 26,000-square-foot hangar and a full season of programming, including the popular Free Fly Days.

What's a Free Fly Day? From June 8 to September 21, FHC dusts off several of the WWII planes and takes them for a spin around Everett. There's something downright trippy about watching the pilots "exercise" the Spitfires and Hellcats, relics of the 1940s, and don't even get us started about the feeling of being buzzed by a German Focke-Wulf 190.

All are welcome to FHC for its Free Fly Days; here's the full calendar. And this Friday, FHC offers free admission to celebrate the opening of its new hangar—home to a new 49-seat movie theater and intimidating war machines, from an American Sherman tank to Soviet fighter aircraft.

Flying Heritage Collection: New Hangar Opening
Apr 12 at 11am, Paine Field, Everett, free

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