A decade and a half of dedication, perseverance and hard work is about to pay off. The Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum board of directors is soon expected to approve an agreement to lease space in a proposed new aviation complex at Spokane’s historic Felts Field. Tim Gump, owner of Felts Field based Western Aviation, is developing the 35,000 square foot building, which will not only provide Honor Point with its first permanent home, but substantially upgrade existing facilities at Felts for Gump and other businesses.
“Tim has been a great supporter of our efforts,” says Catherine Brazil, Honor Point President. “We are very excited at the prospects of finally being able to fulfill our promise to open an institution that will honor veterans of all services and provide great educational opportunities for the entire community.”
Honor Point leadership and volunteers have been working for the past 15 years to find a home for artifacts that were part of the former Fairchild Heritage Collection, which was housed for several years at Fairchild AFB. The effort to preserve, store and seek a new venue began when the U.S. Air Force decided to remove museums such as the Fairchild display from all bases around the country.
Gump and his partners have signed a long-term agreement to lease property at Felts Field. They approached the Honor Point Board to begin conversations of having a portion of the building to begin the museum project. Construction on the multi-million dollar project is expected to begin this spring and is scheduled for completion by year’s end.
“We’re very grateful to Tim for allowing us this opportunity,” says Brazil. “We also want to thank all of our longtime supporters who have stuck with us and believed that we would eventually be able to find a home. We have a lot of work to do and a lot more money to raise, but we’re confident now more than ever that we will succeed.”
Honor Point plans to occupy 10,000 square feet of the new structure and hopes to officially open sometime in 2016.