Allen's Flying Heritage Collection reopens to public The Flying Heritage Collection, an assembly of rare WWII and Cold War-era military...

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The Flying Heritage Collection, an assembly of rare WWII and Cold War-era military aircraft owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, reopens to the public in its new home at Everett’s Paine Field at noon Friday.

Fifteen famous fighting planes, restored to flying condition, will be housed in a new 51,000-square-foot facility. The aircraft include models bearing famous names such as Curtiss, Grumman, Hawker, Mitsubishi, Nakajima and Messerschmitt.

Along with the planes, exhibits focus on the humanity at the home fronts of the warring nations. Friday opening hours are noon to 5 p.m. Starting Saturday, the collection will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Labor Day; closed Mondays the rest of the year.

Admission is $12 general, $10 for seniors and military, $8 for ages 6-15 and free for children 5 and younger. The public may also observe flights of the aircraft (at no cost) during regularly scheduled fly days (June 14 and 28 this month) from approximately noon to 1 p.m.

For more information: or 877-342-3404.

Mast carving and more at Gig Harbor festival

This weekend’s Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor will include the carving of a new 40-foot mast for the Shenandoah, a retired 65-foot purse seiner. The public demonstration of this traditional boatbuilding skill will take place Saturday and Sunday in Skansie Brothers Park on the Gig Harbor waterfront, the site where the Shenandoah was built in 1925.

Capt. Michael Vlahovich will do the carving. On Sunday, while Vlahovich works, there will be storytelling in front of the Skansie Brothers Net Shed, which will be open for public viewing for the first time in 40 years. The crafts of ship caulking and net mending will also be demonstrated.

Maritime Gig Festival also includes the Blessing of the Fleet, an Antique and Classic Yacht Festival, Taste of Gig Harbor and more. More information: