WNr 191660 at the Flying Heritage Collection

The Flying Heritage Collection was founded and is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It is located at Arlington airfield (WA) about 40 miles north of Seattle. The FHC website lists a Me 163B as a 'Future Restoration Project' on its collection page. In May 2005 it became clear that they acquired the Duxford Komet for £800,000. Somewhere between 16 to 20 May 2005 it started its journey from Duxford to Arlington.

Late 2006 it was announced that the collection will move to Paine Field in Everett, WA. Paine Field already hosts Boeing's Everett factory, the Musuem of Flight Restoration Center, the Stormbirds 262 project, the Future of Flight Museum and the Boeing Tour Center.

Early 2008, the restoration of an ancient hangar was finished, and the aircraft are moving in. The Bf 109E, Hurricane, I-16 and Spitfire flew in during April. On 1 May 2008 the Me 163 was rolled in. The facility will open on 6 June 2008 and open all days of the week through the summer.

The following pictures were made by Gary Webster late 2008. It shows the restored Komet, complete with a new canopy and even a Walter engine, possibly taken from the airframe.

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