Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and an ever-growing library. The facility is designed as a self guided experience, and gives a rare look into the lives and legacy of the Greatest Generation.

On January 3, Steve Hinton performed the first flight of Fagen Fighters’ F6F-5 Hellcat following a two and a half year restoration by Steve Hinton, Jr. at Fighter Rebuilders in Chino, California.

When Fagen received the Hellcat, she wore the colorful livery which once graced a Hellcat flown regularly by Lt. Carl Allen Brown Jr. when he was with VF-27 aboard USS Princeton (CVL 23). Brown finished the war with 10.5 aerial victories, five of which he scored on October 24, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, an action which earned him the Navy Cross.