Rare Staggerwing sighted at Historic Flight Center // (c) 2010 Historic
Flight Restoration Center.
The newest addition to the Historic Flight Restoration Center's squadron of rare planes is the Staggerwing Beechcraft Model D-17.
The Staggerwing is so named because the upper wing staggers behind the lower wing. Originally designed as a high-speed comfortable business plane - complete with leather, wool and mohair-trimmed cabin - the Staggerwing served as a reconnaissance aircraft at Sand Point Naval Air Station in 1944.
Located in Mukilteo, a 40-minute drive north of Seattle, the Historic Flight Restoration Center offers a collection of the most important aircraft produced between 1927 and 1957, all restored and airborne again.
It's open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for youths and free for children under age five.