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The late Paul G Allen to be honoured by missing man formation


On Saturday, July 20, from 10am-4pm, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) will host its biggest air & ground show event of the year at its Everett, Washington, US base.

Skyfair will feature a special tribute to late founder Paul G. Allen. FHCAM will be performing a deeply emotional missing man formation. During this act, one of Mr. Allen’s favorite planes in the collection, the P-51 Mustang, will fly alongside three other aircraft from World War Two. As the aircraft fly by the crowd in formation the P-51 Mustang will break away from the grouping to fly up towards the heavens in tribute to Mr. Allen.

Paul’s connection to the Mustang came from meeting the pilot who flew it in the war, Harrison Bud Tordoff. “I have one particular memory of being with the pilot of the P-51, and having that plane fly over us you realise the kind of thunderous noise and the power from that era,” Paul said in a video interview.

Along with the missing man formation, FHCAM will also be driving its Ford GPW Jeep which has been painted in honour of Paul’s father. The paint scheme is significant because it reflects the look and unit numbers of the jeep driven by Paul’s father, Kenneth Allen, who served during World War Two.

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