Allen's planes are considered to be among the worlds most accurately restored World War II aircraft in existence

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 two of the world’s most accurately restored World War II airplanes. Media are invited to watch as these aircraft make their debut flights in two separate free-to-the-public displays of aviation history.

WHAT: The first aircraft, Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M3-22 (Zeke/Zero) will make its debut in an aerial display June 9th, as part of the FHC’s Free Summer Fly Days series. 

The second aircraft, Russia’s Ilyushin Il-2M3 Shturmovik (IL-2) will take to the skies in its debut flight June 16th as part of the continuation of the FHC’s Free Summer Fly Days series, which runs through September.

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.

Russia’s IL-2 – The IL-2 type aircraft is the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history.  It operated close to the ground, attacking enemy tanks, trucks, and troops near the front line. The job was dangerous and though the IL-2 was heavily armored, many of the planes were lost in battle. As Germany threatened western Russia, Soviet factories moved east to ensure new IL-2’s arrived to take the place of recent casualties.

The FHC's IL-2 is the only flying example in the world! It was originally constructed in Kuybyshev in mid-1943 and was assigned to the 828th Attack Aviation Regiment on the lower Karelian Front. On October 10, 1944, the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire while attacking an airfield and crashed near the Titovka River. The plane was discovered in a nameless lake by searchers scouting the area with a helicopter in 1991. As part of its debut, the IL-2 will be joined in the sky by the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, which is already 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

Saturday – June 16, 2012 from 12 to 1:00 p.m.
Russia’s Ilyushin Il-2M3 Shturmovik (IL-2) – *DEBUT flight
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

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

INFO:  The Flying Heritage Collection, founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, is one of the world’s greatest collections of rare, legendary World War II-era aircraft.  The Flying Heritage Collection's commitment to restoring its aircraft to authentic, flying condition sets it apart from other similar collections around the globe. For more information visit  or call (877) FHC-3404.

Colleen Quinn or Drew Symonds, The Fearey Group for the Flying Heritage Collection,; (206) 343-1543