Paul G Allen started his collection of warbirds in 1998 with the goal of acquiring, preserving and flying iconic World War Two aircraft. Now known as the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM), these warplanes are restored to the highest standard of authenticity. Currently expanding into a third hangar at Paine Field in Everett, Washington State, FHCAM has operated an extremely rare Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 for almost a decade.
When it was introduced in 1935 the Bf 109 was an advanced fighter with technological innovations including an allmetal monocoque construction, stressed-skin, enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear. First seeing combat in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Bf 109 served the Luftwaffe, and several other countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Romania and Italy, to the very end of the conflict.