On Saturday, July 10, at 12 p.m., two iconic World War II fighter planes from Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection — the P-51D Mustang and the Hawker Hurricane — will return to the sky for a “Fly Day” at Paine Field (PAE) in Everett, Wash. This free, public event provides a rare experience to see legendary war planes in flight. The theme of the event is Packard Merlin Day, the engine used in both aircraft.
The P-51D Mustang, with its extended range, large external fuel tanks and the Merlin engine, was the game-changer in the air war in Europe. Created in 1939 in 117 days, this plane quickly became one of the most feared fighters in the world. Because of the Hawker Hurricane’s simplicity and adaptability, it served in every major theater of air warfare in World War II and destroyed more enemy aircraft than any other fighter in the Battle of Britain, according to officials with the Flying Heritage Collection.
Also on display for the event will be a 1941 Packard 180 “Super Eight” Convertible Victoria built by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena for Clark Gable, as well as other classic Packard automobiles.
Free parking is available. Fly Days are free to the public, but do not include admission to the Flying Heritage Collection. Admission prices are: Adults $12, Seniors/Military: $10; Youths (6-15): $8; Children (5 and under) are free; Groups (15 or more) are $10 per person.
For more information: FlyingHeritage.com or 877-FHC-3404