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The FHCAM version of The Churchill is an Mk VII, equipped with a 75mm gun. The vehicle is a Crocodile, with a flame-thrower in the place of its hull-mounted machine gun. Photo credit: The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

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On May 27, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) will host Tankfest Northwest 2017. Formerly known as Paul G. Allen's Flying Heritage Collection, the event marks the public reveal of the museum's new brand identity.

Tank lovers will enjoy the unveiling of a new vehicle to the collection, the iconic Churchill Tank, named after former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The FHCAM version of The Churchill is an Mk VII equipped with a 75mm gun. The vehicle is a Crocodile, with a flame-thrower in the place of its hull-mounted machine gun.

The museum will break ground this year on a third hangar. With the addition of 40 new combat armor and artifacts in 2017, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum is now the largest operational military vehicle and warbird collection on the west coast. The new hangar is scheduled to open in 2018 and will help accommodate the growing collection.

"Since its 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."

Gates to Tankfest open Saturday, May 27, at 9 a.m.  Purchase tickets online in advance for a discounted price and avoid waiting in line when you arrive at the event. Veterans and active-duty military get in free.

Tankfest Northwest 2017 features:

  • The iconic Churchill Tank, which will be unveiled at the event
  • Family fun, including a water balloon toss, scavenger hunt, face painting, bouncy house, tug-o-war, remote-control tanks, Reptile Man Station, and a showing of Disney's Cars in the FHCAM Theater
  • Vehicles operating include the Panzer II, M5 Stuart, M4A1, Tractor (Static), 155mm (Static), 88mm Gun, M3A1, Dodge WC-54, Kubelwagen, M60, Harley, SDKFZ 7, Wrecker, SCUD, T-34, Hetzer, and Churchill (Static)
  • The world's most unique baby unveil: Two lucky parents will have the gender of their baby revealed by a confetti blast from FHCAM's tanks
  • Win a chance to ride in the FHCAM American half-track
  • Some of the region's top food trucks

Tankfest Northwest organizers have planned a larger demonstration arena for the vehicles with tall bleachers to see the show.  The museum gift shop will have new FHCAM merchandise for sale at the fest.

Tankfest Northwest 2017, doors open 9 a.m., Saturday, May 27, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett, advance tickets $7 to $15 at, day of event $10 to $20, 206.342.4242, free parking and shuttle service available at: 9819 Airport Rd., Everett Bomarc Building

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