EVERETT, Wash. — It's called the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, chosen deliberately because the planes here still fly. Nothing in this collection collects dust. Nearly everything is drivable, fireable, or flyable.
The theme of the Collection is technology over time. It's two hangars-full of a century's worth of warfare, housing a British Spitfire, German Messerschmitt, and a P-51 Mustang.
There's a Bi-plane from 1918 and the SpaceShipOne, a suborbital spacecraft that flew 2,000 miles per hour. There's even an operable Sherman Tank that actually fires sitting right alongside its nemesis the Soviet T-34.
Everything here is curated by billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen and returned to combat condition, and each one tells a different story.
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum Paine Field, 3407 109th Street SW, Everett, WA 98204. Open to the public 10a-5p seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and Tue-Sun the remainder of the year. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.)