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Military, aerospace museum seeks home at Felts Field

A prominent historic hangar at Felts Field that hosted a Veterans Day tribute ceremony Tuesday could become the new home of the Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum.

Tobby Hatley, president of the Honor Point board, said museum organizers have approached Spokane Airports with an interest in purchasing the historic Northwest Airlines hangar, next to the Felts Field terminal building, for the future museum.

Honor Point helped organize Tuesday’s ceremony, which drew about 500 people to the packed hangar.

Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCoy, the keynote speaker, acknowledged those who served through all of the wars, including more recent engagements.

He said the Cold War ended because of America’s unwavering policy of deterrence.

Veterans of the global war on terror, he said, “are our heroes today.”

Retired Air Force Col. Kevin Berkompas was among those attending.

“I love this event,” he said. “It’s really cool to have it in this hangar.”

Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane Airports, which operates Felts Field and Spokane International Airport, said the hangar is leased for charter operations of Felts Field Aviation.

Hatley said Honor Point has approached the publicly owned airports and the private Felts Field Aviation with its interest in a purchase.

Fundraising for the museum was put on hold more than a year ago while the Honor Point group selected a location for the museum.

Museum officials earlier planned to raise $6 million to build a new building for a museum at Felts.

The museum may be interested in sharing hangar space with Felts Field Aviation so it could double as a working hangar and as a place to display Honor Point’s collection, formerly held at the Fairchild Heritage Museum.

The collection, now in storage at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, has been waiting for a home since the Fairchild museum closed in 2002.

Hatley said Honor Point is holding about $1 million in pledges, mostly from corporate givers, and is waiting to establish a museum site before undertaking a larger fundraising effort with the public.

He said Honor Point would work with Felts Field Aviation on lease terms.

Honor Point is successor to Armed Forces and Aerospace Museum Society.

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