Come visit Spokane's newest attraction! The Historic Flight Foundation is now open at Felts Field. At the beautiful new facility, you can tour and view an extensive aircraft collection, take part in seminars and hangar briefings on topics such as "Naval Air Operations" and "Jet Fighter Tactics", and attend Ground Schools for pilots and enthusiasts. Group Tours available and well as rental of the facility for private events. Please visit our website for current hours and opportunities.
The foundation was originally established in 2003 in Seattle as "John T. Sessions Historic Aircraft Foundation" with the intention to collect, restore, and share significant aircraft from the period between the solo Atlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh and trans-Atlantic service in the Boeing 707. Historic Flight has acquired at least two aircraft annually and engaged the best restoration resources available to return the collection to original splendor.
Beginning in 2006, the primary focus became planning for a permanent facility to share the collection, maintain the aircraft for flight, and restore aircraft that might either be added to the collection or exchanged for aircraft better aligned with the mission and message. While a significant airport since 1942, Paine Field had not seen serious activity on its west side since WWII. The Kilo-7 site has particular appeal; its proximity to the main runway and elevation above the Mukilteo Speedway means that architectural features can be enjoyed from a distance. Snohomish County allowed a long-term land lease, and design began, both of the Restoration Center and the Education Center. The Restoration Center opened on March 5, 2010.
Needing to expand, in 2016 Historic Flight began discussions with airports within the Pacific Northwest region. The Board selected Felts Field in Spokane Washington, an airport famous for its restoration community and art deco architecture. Construction began in August, 2018 with occupancy planned for October, 2019.