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PAUL ALLEN’S FLYING HERITAGE COLLECTION BREAKS GROUND ON FIRST “TANK ARENA” IN NORTH AMERICA

1/15/2014

PAUL ALLEN’S FLYING HERITAGE COLLECTION BREAKS GROUND ON FIRST “TANK ARENA” IN NORTH AMERICA

1/15/2014

EVERETT—JANUARY 15, 2014 –Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) kicked-off construction today on a 26,000 square foot “tank arena” at Paine Field in Everett. A fully restored Sherman tank cruised over the rubble and fired off a celebratory cannon shot to mark the starting phase of a new, interactive part of the Collection.

The addition to FHC grounds will allow restored historical military vehicles in the Collection to be operated in public view of visitors. The arena will be completed in time for “TankFest Northwest” on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

The vision for the tank arena came about after FHC’s inaugural “TankFest Northwest” event in 2011. The tanks were a popular addition to the annual Memorial Day festivities, but the current facilities didn’t allow the tanks to demonstrate all of their capabilities. Working with Paine Field’s airport authority, FHC directors identified a prime potential location for an arena just to the west of the main hangar.

“Today is the first step in a new, exciting direction at FHC, and we can’t wait to hold our first TankFest at our new tank arena,” said Adrian Hunt, Executive Director of FHC. “We are so excited to have a space in which these preserved pieces of history can be used to their potential to educate and inspire.”

In addition to a large collection of iconic military aircraft, FHC currently has three World War II tanks they plan to use in the new arena. Paul G. Allen’s passion for aviation and history and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original military aircraft and vehicles motivated him to restore the artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public.

In addition to the new arena, FHC has begun to offer even more educational programming in their hangars. In addition to free Fly Days in the summer months, FHC has expanded its offerings to include a winter education series and periodic video game and tabletop war game events. For more information about FHC and upcoming events visit http://www.flyingheritage.com.

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