The aviation museum at Paine Field may reopen this year; purchased collection
Photo of Michael Whitney in 2012
EVERET — The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field has a new collection owner who intends to reopen the museum by the end of the year.
An announcement on Thursday, Aug. 4 says the museum’s artifacts and assets will be acquired by the Wartime History Museum, a new nonprofit created by entrepreneur and philanthropist Steuart Walton, grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton. .
The nonprofit says it will share additional reopening details when plans are finalized.
He buys it from the estate of museum founder Paul G. Allen, the late co-founder of Microsoft. After building up a collection, the museum itself opened in 2004.
The museum features an unrivaled collection of military artifacts – namely aircraft, tanks and armaments, many of which have been restored to their original flying or driving condition and emphasize paint schemes and authentic mechanical systems.
The museum continued operations after Allen’s death in late 2018, but closed to the public in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintenance and restoration of artifacts continued while the museum was closed.
“This incredible collection reminds us of the significance that vintage aircraft and other historic vehicles have had on our country and the world,” Walton said in the announcement.
A curator and flyer, Walton co-founded Game Composites, a maker of aerobatic aircraft, and serves on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
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