Historic Flight Foundation, Mukilteo

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The Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) is an aviation museum located at Paine Field in Mukilteo, Washington. The museum collects, restores, and flies historic aircraft from the period between Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic crossing in 1927 and the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 in 1957, a 30-year period when airplanes evolved from relatively simple wood and fabric biplanes to commercial jets. The collection’s Douglas DC-3 was manufactured at the Douglas Aircraft Company’s Long Beach plant as one of only 300 DC-3s specifically designed to "fly the hump"—the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains—during World War II.

The aircraft have been fully restored to flying condition, and fly regularly at monthly summer Fly Days, HFF’s September Vintage Aircraft Weekend, and Paine Field’s Aviation Day in May. The aircraft also fly at air displays throughout the Western United States and Canada.

HFF hosts educational programs throughout the year. This includes a STEM program for primary through high school students, historic airplane ground schools, and flight training in historic aircraft. Speakers from HFF’s Speaker's Bureau regularly present educational programs about aviation topics and airplanes in the collection.

HFF also restores historic aircraft to flying condition. Some of this restoration work is done in-house at HFF’s hangar where visitors can watch as the work is performed. Other restoration work is done by outside organizations that specialize in restoration of specific aircraft types. Two of Historic Flight's aircraft won awards for their restoration work at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational at the California Capital Airshow in September 2017.
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  • One of a kind unique venue for a Christmas party. Sit among a WWII Mustang and Spitfire as you dine. The facility offers ample parking and an easy to access banquet site.  more »
  • If you love the golden age of aviation, this is a place for you. Everything in the hangar flys and chances are you will catch mechanics at work in this working hangar. Good spot for aviation...  more »
  • Each part of the museum's collection has a story of its past in addition to historical significance (AKA the coolest plane retirement home!) The gentlemen running the museum are polite and delightful as well as informative. History is full of characters and experiences; this museum houses both! Bonus: there are a couple of flight simulations you can try! One member of the museum staff helped us "launch"
  • Jim gave me a personal tour of each amazing piece of history as preserved in these perfectly restored airplanes. He was very knowledgeable and thoughtful in his answers to my 100’s of questions! I’d recommend a visit to this treasure trove to anyone who appreciates drama, art, history or science - they’re all on display here.
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