Tour of the Flying Heritage Collection

Tour of the Flying Heritage Collection

by | Jan 9, 2018

This is the Focke Wulf powered by a BMW radial engine.

On November 11th, Veterans’ Day, about 75 chapter members visited the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine

Field. This is Paul Allen’s collection of airplanes, tanks, rockets and all kinds of other crazy stuff. The collection has grown to two buildings and there are plans for a third.

The star of the show for us Bimmer fans was the Collection’s Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-5, powered by a BMW 801 D-2 air-cooled, 14-cylinder radial engine. The engine is operable and the plane is flown in good weather.

If you’re thinking to yourself that you don’t remember reading anything about this event in Zündfolge, you’re right. It was put together on short notice and filled via Around the Sound email blasts. If you don’t receive these emails, you need to update your membership profile with BMW CCA national. They supply us with membership data, including the email addresses we use. More and more, our communication of events is electronic, so you really should supply your email address so you won’t miss out on great events like this one.

The Collection is constantly growing, so we’ll probably return in four to five years. In the meantime, if you want to see a BMW airplane engine and a bunch of cool stuff, make it a point to visit during our long winter. Or visit the Museum’s website, which has a video of the plane the German’s called the ‘Butcher Bird,’ flying peacefully

–David Lightfoot