Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection announced the addition of a third hangar and will introduce more than 40 artifacts in 2017 – making it the largest operational military vehicle and warbird collection on the west coast. This expansion, unveiled in March, is the result of the growth in historic military aircraft and iconic combat armor. With this expansion also comes a new brand identity that is more representative of the museum’s offerings: Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.
“Since it’s opening in 2008, our mission has been to offer visitors unique ways to explore and examine history, which we’ve accomplished by providing first-hand experiences with the world’s finest collection of flying aircraft,” said Adrian Hunt, executive director, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. “We’re thrilled to evolve the brand to reflect our ever-growing collection of planes, tanks and artifacts.”
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum will break ground on a 30,816-square foot hanger in 2017. The addition of this third hanger will allow the museum to better accommodate the growing collection of aircraft and vehicles.
As part of the museum’s evolution, the newest exhibit to join Allen’s collection is Why War: The Causes of Conflict, a highly interactive exhibit that examines the major wars in our nation’s history, exploring common causes and roots of military confrontations. Featuring full-scaled, detailed replicas and large-scale touchscreens, visitors can choose how they want to explore the complex topic of war in an engaging and easy to understand way.
As a diligent steward of military history for the Pacific Northwest since it opened to the public in 2008, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum has added numerous important artifacts that shaped the history of warfare. Spanning military planes, ground vehicles, artillery and iconic armor, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum gives visitors a firsthand look at rare historic artifacts.
The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum reflects Allen’s continued effort to educate, excite and inspire visitors to learn and appreciate military history by providing unique and interactive experiences.
On May 27, 2017, the museum will host its annual event Tankfest Northwest 2017. This event will also mark the first public reveal of the museum’s new brand identity as well as the unveil 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.