The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on many cultural organizations, especially those that rely on public gatherings and special events to achieve their mission. Given so much uncertainty, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend all operations of Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum for ￼￼now. Our mission has always been to celebrate humanity’s spirit during the world conflicts of the 20th century by returning the rare aircraft, vehicles and artifacts within the museum to working condition enabling the public to experience them firsthand. The current global situation is making it difficult for us to serve our mission and we will spend the months ahead reassessing if, how, and when to reopen. Thank you to our members, donors, community and corporate partners and our employees and volunteers who have made Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum so special. For more information, please visit flyingheritage.org.
FHCAM’s Mosquito was built in Leavesden, England, as a training aircraft in 1945. The plane was among the last of the type to be retired from RAF service in 1963. Turned over to the Imperial War Museum (IWM), the Mosquito appeared in the 1964 film 633 Squadron. After filming, the plane was displayed in an IWM facility until 1988. The plane was traded to FHCAM in 2003 and sent to Avspecs Ltd. In New Zealand for restoration to flight status. It returned to the skies in late 2016. While the plane retains some aspects of a trainer, additions were made to give the Mosquito the appearance of a wartime FB.Mk.VI fighter-bomber. #warbird #warbirds #mosquito #history #aviation #avgeek #aviationlover #museum
All dressed up and nowhere to go. #Pershing #military #militarytank #militarytanks #tanks #history #WWII #WWII #museum ##museumfromhome
Tough decisions! Which artifacts are your favorites? #warbird #tanks #military #militaryhistory #aviation
The Stuka has undergone quite the transformation since FHCAM acquired it. Catch up with Senior Restoration & Maintenance Manager Jason Muszala tomorrow at noon PST on Facebook Live for an update on this rare warbird! #throwbackthursday #TBT #restoration #warbirds #warbird #warbirdrestoration #avgeek #aviation
Check out the history on our Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 (Emil)! This Bf 109 was assigned to Jagdgeschwader (fighter wing) 51 and piloted by Eduard Hemmerling, a veteran of combat in France. On July 29, 1940, during an air battle over Dover, Hemmerling earned his third victory in combat. But his own aircraft was mortally wounded, and Hemmerling turned toward home. His failing airplane crashed off the coast of Cap Blanc Nez, killing the 27-year-old pilot. In 1988, a man walking on the beach near Calais noticed a piece of metal sticking out of the sand—the tip of this plane’s wing. The Bf 109 was excavated and later moved to England for reconstruction and restoration. #warbird #aviation #history #aviationphotography #aviationlovers #BF109 #BF109e #museum #warbirds #warbirdwednesday
Where would you quarantine in military history?
From daily museum tours at FHCAM to outreach events in the community, FHCAM volunteers are everywhere! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! It would be impossible for us to do what we do without you! #VolunteerAppreciationWeek
Today we’re spotlighting more of our amazing #volunteers for #VolunteerAppreciationWeek. We have a variety of volunteers that perform unique tasks throughout the year including supporting the collections manager, helping at Summer Camps and running gaming stations at events! Here is a great big shout out to everyone who jumps in and helps wherever needed!