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American Fighter Aces Honored at Paine Field Sept. 13

Dozen combat veterans to inspect vintage Grumman fighter aircraft
from three air museums

SEATTLE, – On Friday morning, Sept. 13, a dozen American fighter pilot aces, veterans of World War II and the Korean War, all with five or more aerial combat victories, will be honored by three local aviation museums at Paine Field in Everett. The group is in town this week for the American Fighter Aces Association annual reunion, this year to be held at The Museum of Flight.

The Aces tribute on Friday will be at the Historic Flight Foundation, and will bring together four rare World War II fighter aircraft for the Aces’ inspection: Historic Flight’s Grumman Tigercat and Grumman Bearcat, the Flying Heritage Collection’s Grumman Hellcat, and The Museum of Flight’s recently-restored Grumman Wildcat. The Historic Flight Foundation is also scheduled to fly one or both of the Grummans in tribute to the veterans. The event will take place from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. The Museum of Flight is the official home of the American Fighter Aces Association.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for active military, $10 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit