Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection to debut the Japanese Zero

Jun 06, 2012
Courtesy of: FHC The debut flight of the Flying Heritage Collection's Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero (Zeke/Zero) is set for June 9.

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.

Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M3-22 (Zeke/Zero) will make its debut Saturday, June 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in an aerial display as part of the FHC’s Free Summer Fly Days series.

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.

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.

Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field is at 3407 109th St. S.W. in Everett.

Free parking is available outside the hangar facility.

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

Go to the Flying Heritage Collection Facebook page (post from Monday)  for a chance for kids to enter for a contest to win their Dad a FREE flight on Father’s Day.

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