The Heritage Flight Museum (HFM) has been established by the Anders family to help educate the public so that they might understand and appreciate the contribution military aircraft, and the people that flew them, have made to our heritage, national security and freedom.The primary focus of the HFM will be on US Army Air Corps and US Air Force vintage “Warbirds”: fighters, trainers, and liaison aircraft. Additionally, once a permanent facility is established, the HFM will add displays highlighting elements of the US Space Program, mainly the Apollo program.In order to obtain the greatest exposure of the aircraft, the HFM will primarily display aircraft through flying and static display at their hangars in Bellingham, WA. Additionally, aircraft may be displayed at air shows and other remote locations.Besides aircraft displays, HFM plans to display aviation restoration projects, models, and memorabilia. Space flight memorabilia, historical presentations, and educational material will be displayed as well. Additionally, once a more permanent facility is found, the museum plans to develop aviation education and youth education programs.
HFM was founded in 1996 by the William Anders family. If that name rings a bell, think back to 1968 when Apollo 8 made the first manned flight around the moon… one of those three astronauts was William A. Anders. Maj.Gen. Anders’ history with NASA is quite extensive. In late 1963, Anders was among just 14 men chosen by NASA from a pool of thousands of applicants for the astronaut corps. After helicopter training and then serving as backup copilot for the Gemini 11 mission, he was one of the first astronauts to fly the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle. He was Lunar Module Pilot on the December, 1968 Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission, the first manned flight on the giant Saturn V rocket and mankind’s first flight away from the earth to another body in the solar system. During that Christmastime mission, the Apollo 8 crew drew the attention of those on earth by reading the first several verses from the Book of Genesis in a special Christmas Eve broadcast transmitted live from over 240,000 miles in space. It was while in lunar orbit that Anders, deviating from the scheduled flight plan, captured the famous “Earthrise” photograph which has been selected for the December 1999 covers of Time , Life , and American Photography editions honoring the most significant images of the twentieth century.