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Walmart heir to reopen Flying Heritage Museum formerly owned by Paul Allen

Walmart heir Steuart Walton's new nonprofit the Wartime History Museum has acquired the aviation artifacts of the Flying Heritage andamp; Combat Armor Museum. The museum was opened by the late philanthropist Paul G. Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, in 2004. Wartime History Museum plans to reopen FHCAM to the public, at its current Everett, Washington location, within the next year.The museum collection includes military artifacts -airplanes, tanks, and armaments - from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and the former Soviet Union. Many have been restored to their original flying or driving condition, with authentic paint schemes and mechanical systems. "It has been my honor and privilege to help develop and care for this amazing collection, share it with the public, and preserve and celebrate the important military history and human stories of which we are caretakers," said Adrian Hunt, FHCAM's executive director. "I am thrilled that the museum's mission and impact will continue under the leadership of Steuart and the Wartime History Museum."The Wartime History Museum was established in early 2022 with a mission to preserve and restore wartime historical artifacts and pioneer ways to make them available through live exhibitions, museum properties and public spaces, including the sky above."This incredible collection reminds us of the significance vintage aircraft and other historic vehicles have had on our nation and globe," Walton said. "On behalf of my fellow WHM board members, we hope to share these important artifacts for generations to come and unearth inspiring stories to help fuel innovation, understanding, and exploration." Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but according to a press release all proceeds will be earmarked for philanthropy.
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