Allen to grow military artifact collection

By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 05, 2017

Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection is set to get a third hangar this year and introduce more than 40 new vehicles and artifacts – making it the largest operational military vehicle and warbird collection on the west coast.

The expansion is the result of growth in historic military aircraft and iconic combat armor. With this expansion also comes a new brand identity – Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum – that is more representative of the museum’s offerings.

“We’re thrilled to evolve the brand to reflect our ever-growing collection of planes, tanks and artifacts,” said Adrian Hunt, executive director of the museum.

The museum plans to break ground on a 30,816-square-foot hanger sometime in 2017, though an exact date has yet to be set. The new hangar will allow the museum to better accommodate the growing collection of aircraft and vehicles.

On May 27, the museum will host its annual Tankfest Northwest event. The event will mark the first public reveal of the museum’s new brand identity, as well as the unveiling of a new vehicle, the Churchill Tank.

The iconic Churchill Tank was named after Prime Minister Winston Churchill and was Britain’s most famous heavy tank in World War II.

The museum currently hosts aircraft and vehicles from Japan, Russia, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.

On rotation in our working hangar are military artifacts from the United States, Britain, Germany, the Soviet Union and Japan, acquired by Allen and restored to share with the public.

Among the dozens of new artifacts coming to the museum are the Republic F-105 Thunderchief and the de Havilland Mosquito.

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