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April 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

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Sherman tank, Soviet MiG fighter exhibited at Paine Field


ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cory Graff, curator of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, sits at the controls of a restored Sherman tank Graff that will go on display Friday. It is among the 50,000 that were produced. Graff said the tank, which was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1943, probably didn't go to Europe until after World War II. It was used for years by the Dutch Army for target practice, resulting in significant damage that was repaired after Allen purchased it from a collector in 2010.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cory Graff peers inside a 33-ton Sherman tank that will be displayed in the new hangar of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett. "Paul doesn't collect these to put them in a closet," Graff said. "He collects them to share with the public."

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The MiG-29 was the most successful Soviet fighter aircraft of the late 20th century and is part of the expanded Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett.

PHOTOG NAME / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cory Graff, curator of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, swings the .50-caliber machine gun, which is mounted on top of a Sherman tank which was used in WWII, and recently acquired by the museum. The gun fires 850 bullets a minute. Starting April 12, a new hangar of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection will show off two newly displayed acquisitions, a Sherman tank and a Soviety MiG fighter.

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