May 31, 2011
Michelle and I took the boys to Tankfest at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett today. The FHC is a collection of World War II aircraft collected by Paul Allen (who has way more fun with his money than BillG does, IMHO). I love these old warbirds, and the fact that many of them are flyable is even more exciting.
Anyway, to celebrate Memorial Day, they were hosting Tankfest where local collectors brought their armor and other weapons in. They had three tanks - A Russian T-34/85, a German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, and a more modern British FV101 Scorpion - plus big artillery (including a few German 88s) and jeeps, half-tracks, and other cool WWII era stuff. They were driving the vehicles around and did a little shooting (blanks, of course) as well.
The Jagdpanzer and T-34
.30 cal machine gun on a half-track
Taking aim on a 20mm anti-aircraft gun
Andrew (13) manhandling a bazooka
WWII era radio set in the back of a Jeep
As I mentioned I love old warbirds, so it was exciting to see the planes too.
P-40 Tomahawk in Flying Tigers livery
Warning by the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane
I'm looking forward to going back on their flight days to see some of the planes in the air. They have "Mustang Day" coming on up June 4 and especially exciting is the debut of their FW-190 on June 18. This is the only flying FW-190 with the original engine left in the world. You can find their Free Fly Days schedule here.Posted by Tony at May 31, 2011 1:13 AM | TrackBack