European Theatre Day – Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum Sept.1

European Theatre Day takes place this Saturday September 1st at the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (image via FHCAM)

Saturday, September 1 | 10 a.m. Doors Open
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

EVENT DAY – On Saturday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., join the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field in Everett, Washington for a fun and exciting day of flying and vehicle demonstrations from the machines that operated during WWII. Bring the entire family for a history lesson come to life!

Alongside an preformance from rare WWII aircraft, FHCAM is excited to announce the unveiling of several new additions to its ranks at this event including Sherman the Bulldog who will be the museum’s mascot, a kid’s club program for youth ages 11 and under, and a BMW R75 WWII motorcycle and sidecar.

Sherman the Bulldog will be unveiled during the 11 a.m. vehicle show and will be interacting with guests throughout the afternoon. Tied to the mascot is a new kid’s club program which puts kids in the center of history with exclusive opportunities to get up close with artifacts, participate in exclusive museum deals, and much more. This event will be the first opportunity parents have to sign their kids up for this exclusive club. Upon sign-up kids will receive a kid’s club card, a helicopter toy, and special museum button.

What else is happening at this event? A fully restored and picture-ready, BMW R75 motorcycle will be on static display for guests to enjoy throughout the day. This exciting and rare piece of history is a remnant of the German WWII motorcycle force. More information can be found below on this artifact.

At this event, the museum is thrilled in welcome guest speaker and WWII Veteran, Dwight Stevens.  WWII B-17 Pilot Stevens will share his many experiences flying with the U.S. Army Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, based out of Horham, England. Dwight flew more than thirty missions throughout Europe, over Germany, and was selected to fly co-pilot beside General Keller on a “Special Mission” to Russia. They were hit sixty times in the fusel lodge before landing in Poultava, Ukraine. Yet that was not the only time Dwight’s aircraft had to limp back to a friendly base. Educational and entertaining, Dwight will leave a lasting impression of the hardships of war fought in the skies.

Event Schedule:
10:00 AM                                  Event Opens
10:00 AM to Close                Kids Craft Activities, Face Painting, Gaming, Food Vendors, Booth Vendors, Disney’s Plane
11:00 AM                                   Vehicle Show
12:00 PM                                   Special Guest Speaker: Dwight Stevens
1:00 PM                                     Flying Demonstration
2:00 PM                                   Pilot Signing (meet the pilots and get autographs)
3:00 PM                                     Event Ends
5:00 PM                                     Museum Closes

Important Highlights

  • Tank and military vehicle display
  • Kids activities include: Blow up soccer darts, crafts, World of Tanks gaming stations, stilt walkers, face painting
  • Special Guest Speaker: Dwight Stevens will talk about his time at a B-17 Pilot in WWII
  • Sherman the Bulldog, FHCAM’s Kid’s Club and the BMW R75 Motorcycle Unveiled
  • Vehicles: 8 Ton German 1/2 Track, Kettenkraftrad Sd. Kfz.2., Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Hetzer), KMDB (Main Design Bureau) T-34/85, Sherman Tank
  • Planes: North American B-25J Mitchell, North American P-51D Mustang, de Havilland D.H98 Mosquito, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc, Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Catch a special showing of Disney’s Planes in the FHCAM movie theater

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 a 501(c)(3) organization committed to educating people about rare historic aircraft and artifacts.

The German army had one of the world’s largest motorcycle forces of World War II.  In order to stay speedy and mobile, combat units used two and three-wheeled vehicles for courier duty, scouting the enemy, hunting tanks, towing light cannons, and transporting fast-moving infantry units. Military motorcyclists had a dangerous job.  They were magnets for sniper fire, landmines, and strafing aircraft.  Atop their small unarmored machines, the riders were also exposed to gunfire, shrapnel, and the elements.

The BMW R75 was one of Germany’s most popular and universally-used motorcycles.  Developed specially for combat, the R75 was extremely hearty and dependable, even in the sands of North Africa and the muddy and snowy environs of the Eastern Front.  With a place for up to three soldiers, the R75’s side car had an axel-driven third wheel affixed to the rear wheel of the motorcycle.  Many were equipped with a mount for an MG34 air-cooled machine gun.  The vehicle’s horizontally-opposed 2-cylinder engine and resilient gearbox allowed the R75 to crawl over rough terrain for hours or move at reasonably fast speeds on roads.  Over 16,500 examples of the BMW R75 were built.

Parking and Shuttle services is available at Rockwell Collins located at 11404 Commando Rd, Everett, WA 98204. The first shuttle begins operating at 9:45 a.m. and the last shuttle departs the museum at 4 p.m.   ADA and media parking is available at FHCAM located at: 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204.


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