Flying Heritage Collection Expands With Armor

Recently expanding the collection to include combat armor, the Flying Heritage Collection has rebranded itself, “The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum” (FHCAM). The new focus on armor will be housed in a 30,816-square-foot hanger.

Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington, announced the addition of a third hangar and more than 40 artifacts this year — making it the largest operational military vehicle and warbird collection on the west coast. This expansion 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 Mr. Allen’s collection is Why War: The Causes of Conflict, a highly interactive exhibit – the only one of its kind in the world – 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 Mr. Allen’s continued effort to educate, excite and inspire visitors to learn and appreciate military history by providing unique and interactive experiences.

The most recent addition to FHCAM’s motorpool is an iconic WWII Churchill Tank.

On May 27, 2017, the museum hosted its annual event Tankfest Northwest 2017. This event marked 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.


The aircraft, vehicles and artifacts in the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum ( are rare treasures of military technology — a testament to the era’s engineering skill and humanity’s spirit during the world conflicts of the 20th century. On rotation in our working hangar are military artifacts from the United States, Britain, Germany, Soviet Union and Japan, acquired by Paul G. Allen and restored with unparalleled authenticity to share with the public. The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to educating people about these rare historic aircraft and artifacts. The museum is currently experiencing rapid growth, bringing in exciting new wonders like the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, de Havilland Mosquito and dozens of new artifacts in 2017.


Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. Through his company Vulcan Inc., Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species, slow climate change, improve ocean health, share art, history and film, develop new technology, tackle epidemics, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asks, “What if…?” and pushes people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible. Mr. Allen is motivated by his commitment to sharing his ideas and discoveries with the world to help catalyze a better future. To learn more, visit

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