WHO: Earlier this year, Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection (FHC), one of the world’s premier collections of World War II-era military aircraft, brought home one of the world’s most accurately restored World War II airplanes. Media are invited to watch this plane make its debut flight in a separate free-to-the-public display of aviation history.
WHAT: Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M3-22 (Zeke/Zero) will make its debut in an aerial display as part of the FHC’s Free Summer Fly Days series.
HISTORY: Japanese Zero – was rightfully feared by the Allies at the start of the war. With its tight turning radius and tremendous speed, the Zero was able to outmaneuver and out run most Allied fighters.
The FHC’s Zero was one of many Japanese combat planes destroyed by the American bombing on Babo Airfield in New Guinea during World War II. This Zero’s crash site was discovered in the early 1990’s. The Collection’s Zero, along with two others were recovered in 1994 and sent to Russia for restoration. As part of its debut flight, the Zero will be joined in the sky by the Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk, currently on display at the FHC.
WHEN: Saturday – June 9, 2012 from 12 to 1:00 p.m.
Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero (Zeke/Zero) – *DEBUT flight
Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk
NOTE: These flights are planned activities, but subject to change based on weather, pilot availability and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Fly Days may be cancelled without notice due to these factors.
WHERE: Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field
3407 109th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204
Free parking is available outside the hangar facility
COST: FHC admission prices are as follows – Adults: $12; Seniors/Military: $10; Youths (6-15): $8; Children (5 & under): Free; Groups (15 or more): $10 per person
CONTACT: Colleen Quinn, The Fearey Group for the Flying Heritage Collection
firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 343-1543