Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
The collection's Polikarpov Po-2 on display.
|Location||Paine Field, Everett, Washington|
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is Paul G. Allen's collection of rare military aircraft, tanks and other military treasures which comprises artifacts from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum includes important military machines of the 20th century. These designs represent both an era of global turmoil and a time of great technological innovation.
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is housed in a pair of working hangars. In the first, the exhibits focus on the home fronts and innovations of the major combatants—the United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, and Great Britain. The second hangar exhibits follow each nation’s combat machines into the five theaters of war, where harsh environmental conditions influenced the use and development of technology. Fly Days, scheduled throughout the summer, are an opportunity to watch vintage aircraft fly and meet their pilots. Throughout the calendar year, FHCAM offers educational and gaming opportunities along with special events like TankFest Northwest. TankFest Northwest is a Memorial Day show in which the Collection's restored World War II-era tanks, vehicles, and weapons put on driving and firing demonstrations.
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a nonprofit corporation focused on educating the public about these aircraft.
In 1998, Paul Allen began acquiring and preserving vintage aircraft. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original World War II aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public.
The Collection opened to the public in 2004 at the Arlington, Washington airfield, but in 2008 moved to a newly renovated historic industrial hangar located at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, United States. In 2013, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum added a 22,000 square foot expansion hangar for its expanding collection. In 2017 there are plans to break ground on a third hangar, adding over 30,000 SF. On March 24, 2017 the Museum changed its name from the Flying Heritage Collection to the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum to reflect the transition from exclusively aircraft to a military vehicle & history Museum.
Many of the historic aircraft have been restored to flying condition.
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- Catchpole, Dan (11 April 2017). "Growing Flying Heritage Collection now has a new name". HeraldNet. Everett Herald and Sound Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
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