WCLM at the Flying Heritage Collection

Friday, July 5th began with a bang! A brief meeting at the hotel for some driving instructions to get from the hotel to Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

The FHC is one of the largest collections of World War II airplanes and reflects Paul Allen's facination with these historic planes. The collection includes a B25 bomber, a German V1 rocket, a Japanese Zero, a Hellcat, a Spitfire and many more. Each of the planes is operable and are frequently taken out for a exhibition and demonstrations.

The Collection opened 30 minutes early to accomodate our group so for nearly an hour we had free reign of the entire facility!

Docents were stationed through out the collection answering our questions and sharing their knowledge of each plane and telling us stories of the challenges faced by the pilots.

After a couple of hours in the Collection we assembled in the parking lot with our cars and were treated to delicious boxed lunch with a cibata sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fruit and cookie.

As lunch finished we had the choice of going on a longish scenic drive through the Cascades, head back to Bellevue for the WCLM autocross or doing your own thing.