July 25th, 2022

Anders Men take to the sky

Heritage Flight Museum was founded in 1996 by William “Bill” and Valerie Anders. The museum’s vintage aircraft collection began with the P-51 Mustang “Val-Halla” and has steadily grown. In 2014, HFM moved to Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington, Washington. The museum currently houses 15 aircraft, several antique military vehicles, a library and many artifacts donated by veterans. Recent facilities upgrades have helped pave the way for new acquisitions and additional exhibits including the U.S. space program. Two of Bill Anders’ sons joined him to help run the museum. The photograph used in the museum’s logo depicts Anders in the P-51 and son Greg in the F-15, taken during a photo sortie at the first Gathering of Mustangs and Legends. Bill Anders served as a U.S. astronaut, one of three Apollo astronauts to participate in the first manned flight around the moon. Photos in this post were taken of Bill and sons Greg and Alan piloting vintage aircraft on Fly Day July 2022 in Burlington. Click here to visit the museum website.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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