The Flying Heritage Collection near Paine Field in Everett, WA hosts several very fine restorations of both Allied and Axis aircraft from WW 2. From the Flying Heritage web site: ‘The Focke Wulf 190 D-13 was the near pinnacle of German piston engine technology. The most notable change to the potent and successful Focke Wulf 190 fighter design was the late-war addition of a Junkers Jumo liquid cooler V-12 engine in the place of the earlier versions equipped with BMW radials. These “long-nosed” Focke-Wulfs, “D-models,” also had a stretched aft fuselage to maintain the fighter’s center of gravity. D-model fighters proved to be the most successful examples of the 190 series, competing with the P-51 Mustang and late-model Spitfires on even terms. However, Germany’s lack of well-trained pilots and shortage of fuel at the late stages of the war made the new Focke Wulf 190 D a less than effective weapon. The aircraft entered service in March of 1945 and served as the commander’s plane of the Jagdgeschwader (fighter wing) 26. This is the only Focke Wulf 190 D-13 to have survived the war and will not be flown because it is the only one of its type left in the world.’
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.