Come On Out

Worries about the rain today? Not Wild Bill Hopson, our resident Air Mail pilot. Just like the museum itself, Bill works rain or shine. We’re open til 4pm today, so come on out.

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Tonight at EAA Chapter 1414

We’re speaking tonight at EAA Chapter 1414 at Poplar Grove Airport. Thanks for having us here!

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Visit Us

Thanks to our friends at Green County Tourism for this great shot of director Pat in action! The museum is open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. Come visit!

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A Great Place For Kids Too!

Our “Kids Area” is a great place for the little ones to enjoy aviation books, crafts, and activities. Stop by soon! We’re open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. #paperairplanes#aviationbooks#airmail

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Explore Our Exhibits

Museum board member Eric Berens flew his pristine 1927 Travel Air 2000 tonight, with the OXX-6 engine purring like a kitten. You can see this airplane and a dozen others from the Golden Age of Aviation, plus tons of exhibits, at the Kelch Aviation Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am

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Gypsy Air Tours – Schedule A Flight!

Our friends at Gypsy Air Tours are offering flights for just a few more weekends at Brodhead Airport this fall, and there’s no better way to view the gorgeous Wisconsin autumn than from an open cockpit biplane. Schedule your flight today! http://www.gypsyairtours.com/?fbclid=IwAR0AV2YyWmROAqtCSEAIc1mJEK-d3ATq7YDHyiujlwwnt_byZOgwklA9dro

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Take A School Field Trip!

School’s back – and the museum makes a great field trip! We offer tours and activities for kids of all ages. The museum is open today, tomorrow, and all weekend, from 10am-4pm! Drop by any time, or schedule a specific tour.

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Happy Birthday Kent!

Happy birthday to the museum’s chief curmudgeon and sought-after board member, Kent! At least 5 of our current aircraft were restored by him – we lose count! We’re lucky to have him on our team. Kent hates attention, so if you see him, make a big fuss and wish him

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A Beautiful Day to Visit!

It’s a beautiful day at the Kelch Aviation Museum! Drive or fly out to Brodhead Airport for a visit. We’re open 10-4 with free admission

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Car Show

An awesome turnout today for the Jeremy Pinnow and Associates, Inc., Customer Appreciation Car Show. This was a fundraiser for the museum, organized by Brodhead High School senior, Brady Bruns, to benefit the museum’s Phase III building project. A big thank you to Brady, and to Jeremy and his team.https://www.facebook.com/Jeremy-Pinnow-Associates-Inc-1742636045837856/

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Story Time With Ms. Carol

Brodhead Memorial Public Library hosted story time at the museum this week! Ms Carol reads about airplanes, and Pilot Pat talks about how they work. Watch on YouTube, and share with the kids you know – aviation is fun for all ages!

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Drawing on Display

This beautiful pencil drawing of the OX-5 powered Travel Air 2000 that’s on display at the museum was made by homeschool student Kale. Amazing job! Aviation has inspired artists from the very first flight, and it’s super cool to see the art our visitors make. We love having kids and

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Story Time!

It’s Story Time! The Brodhead Public Library staff is in the museum today filming this week’s story time about airplanes. We’ll post the link on Friday.

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Movie Night is Live

“Men with Wings” is now playing.

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Pizza & A Movie

Pizza is here! Join us for pizza and a movie at our Museum Movie night. “Men with Wings” starts at 8:00 pm. Thanks to Jesse’s Stone Oven Pizza for sponsoring the event!

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Museum Movie Night 09/10

Join us for Museum Movie Night this Friday September 10th at 7:30pm! We’ll be showing “Men With Wings” and serving pizza, and it’s all open to the public. The movie is from 1938 – and one of the airplanes in it is now partially on display in our collection! Pizza

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Curtiss OX-5

We have added a rare and unique antique airplane engine to our collection, thanks to Sue and Terry Donaldson, owners of the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This Curtiss OX-5 is believed to be from Charles Lindbergh’s first airplane, a Curtiss JN4DC “Jenny” and it fits perfectly

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“In The 608” Show

A big thanks to Josh and crew from Channel 3000 for visiting the museum this morning. Check out all four clips from today’s “In The 608” show and see our new museum up close!

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We’re Live!

We’re live “In the 608” on channel3000.com Watch us again at 5:45, 6:15, and 6:45 am as we show off the new museum. Livestream it too!

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Tune In For A Virtual Tour

Madison area friends, we’ll be live on WISC-TV channel 3 morning news program tomorrow between 5:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Tune in for a tour of the new museum with our staff!

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Amazing Views From Kelch Museum Patio

A couple of powered paraglider pilots (try saying that ten times quickly!) dropped in to visit. Brodhead Airport hosts all kinds of air traffic, and you can watch the runways from the museum’s patio. Remember, we are open Wednesdays through Sundays 10am-4pm. https://fb.watch/7UTlFf58ae/

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General Mitchell Gallery of Flight Display

It’s always fun to visit other aviation museums! The General Mitchell Gallery Of Flight in Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field airport is a wonderful gem with some lovely displays and a focus on local Wisconsin history. Next time you fly MKE, check it out! What are your favorite aviation museums (besides us,

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We’re On The Radio!

We’re on the radio today! Listen in at 12:40 pm (Central) today on WEKZ 1260 AM or 95.5 FM to hear Collections Manager Ami talk about the museum and all the cool stuff we have going on. Not local? Stream it here:http://bigradio.fm/Streaming.html Remember, we’re open from 10am to 4pm today

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Gypsy Air tours

Our friends at Gypsy Air Tours offer amazing flights in a golden age biplane! They’ll be flying here all this weekend, so look for their tent beside the museum. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience vintage aviation in an unforgettable way! Visit gypsyairtours.com for info on booking. See you in

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Oil Paintings for Sale!

Wisconsin artist and pilot Kevin English created some beautiful original oil paintings, and they’re for sale at the museum! Kevin is donating a portion of the proceeds from each painting to the museum! Thank you, Kevin. Contact us to purchase online, or swing by to see them in person!

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Old Double Trouble

Yesterday was the 89th birthday of our Franklin Sport 90. (Check out the original data plate on the instrument panel.) Come and see “Old Double Trouble” at the Kelch Aviation Museum during our regular public hours; Wednesdays though Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Photo by Kari Grinell

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Kent Joranlien Memorial Fellowship Hall

Yes, we invited the Stearman biplane to our party – and you can too! Rent the Kent Joranlien Memorial Fellowship Hall for everything from reunions to weddings. The vintage aircraft and cars make for amazing photo ops! It’s perfect for large or small groups, with a beautiful indoor & outdoor

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One-Of-A-Kind Butler Blackhawk Display

The ONLY airworthy Butler Blackhawk in existence is on display in the museum – and rumor has it that it’ll be back in the sky someday very soon. Book a Super Nerd tour to learn as many technical details, backstories, and weird facts as you can handle. Come see this

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Activities for Kids

Aviation is for everyone! This boy and his family took a biplane ride with our friends at Gypsy Air Tours for his 5th birthday. So fun! The museum is excited to share aviation with families and folks of all ages! We have a kids’ activities area open all the time,

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See Our U.S. Air Mail Display

Mail doesn’t deliver on Sundays – but our Air Mail display sure does! Stop by today to see this display and many more! We’re open from 10am to 4pm.

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Book Us For Your Next Special Event

Hosting a special event? Consider renting one of our beautiful buildings in idyllic rural Wisconsin! From weddings to workshops, the museum has got you covered – professional amenities, spacious & adaptable setup, and a beautiful view opening right onto the grass runways. Learn more and contact us at kelchmuseum.org/rentals

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A Beautiful Day to Visit!

It’s a beautiful day to visit the museum! We’re open from 10-4pm today – drop in or call ahead to schedule a personalized tour!

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Learn All About The Pietenpol

Brodhead Airport and the Kelch Aviation Museum hangars as seen from the cockpit of a Pietenpol. Learn the about the fascinating Pietenpol story in our immersive museum display! You can drop by Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm – or call ahead to schedule a special tour.

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1928-29 Stearman C3Bs

Gathered at the museum today were three of the last airworthy 1928-29 Stearman C3Bs in the world. The red one at left was owned by Al Kelch and is now part of the Kelch Aviation Museum. At center and visiting from California is a beauty owned by Walt Bowe. At

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Name That Airplane Engine

The museum is open from 10 to 4 today. Come on out and play Name That Airplane Engine!

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Visit Our Gift Shop!

Our gift shop has some super-special things in stock for summer – including limited-edition Air Mail tote bags and kids’ aviator hats! We’re open all weekend, so come on over and check them out! You can also shop online at kelchmuseum.org/shop

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Come See Our Museum

The museum is open today from 10 AM to 4 PM. Come on out and see one of homliest airplanes ever built.

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A Fun Place For All Ages!

That look on your face when you get to drive a REAL firetruck We were thrilled to welcome so many families and kiddos to the museum during our grand opening! History doesn’t have to be boring, and we have a bunch of hands-on things for kids to do (with more

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Article on Grand Opening

Here’s a great article on the museum and the grand opening weekend. https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/watch-now-a-small-airport-with-a-big-time-aviation-museum/article_63bbc149-8112-55b0-8c29-b78e664bbd52.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR0qlnyEx75i7j2enD-R1aOsHdBOX1S5u4C4Fhwu8RutZMgzM3t-quu3yRI

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Watch For Postcards!

After a very busy and fun grand opening weekend, airmail pilot Wild Bill is all set to deliver the mail – visitors were invited to write pre-stamped postcards and put them into his mailbag. Now they’re on the way, so watch your mailboxes !Thank you to one and all for

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Vintage Aviation Movie Night

“Tail Spin” is showing at our first ever Vintage Aviation Movie Night.

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Grand Opening Livestream

Grand Opening!! https://fb.watch/7RazU1xs7Y/

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We’re Officially Open!

Opening day has finally arrived. Will be live streaming at 10 AM ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The Day We’ve Been Waiting For

Almost ready for tomorrow’s grand opening. See you all at 10:00 a.m.

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38 Hour Countdown

38 hours until our grand opening ceremony. See you all Friday at 10 AM

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History With Hannah

Introducing our latest video series, “History With Hannah.” Join Hannah Shickles, Archivist and Events Coordinator, as she uncovers the untold story of Bernad Pietenpol and Westy Farmer. We hope you enjoy!

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Another Day Closer

What an awesome crew we had today! Thanks everyone for the help… None of this happens without our wonderful volunteers.

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Musical Airplanes

Today we’re playing Musical Airplanes. We pulled every airplane from the main hangar and Brody is scrubbing all 12,000 sq. ft. with the mini Zamboni. 10 days until opening day!

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Brand New Merchandise Coming Soon

We’ve got some cool new merchandise coming to our shop – including this museum-team designed airmail tote bag! Check it out at our grand opening on July 23rd. Some things are limited edition, so get them while you can!

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We Reached Our Goal!

We did it! We raised $2,835 for the Independence Week challenge! We’ll receive $2,500 in matching funds from our wonderful Wisconsin donor. That’s $5,335! URGENT UPDATE: Our donor was so happy who everyone who joined in that he offered an additional $500 if we can make it to $3,000 by

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Independence Challenge Update

Almost There! Our Independence Week challenge grant ends tonight, and we’re only $130 short of our $2,500 goal. Once we reach our goal, we’ll receive an equal amount from a generous donor (who wishes to remain anonymous.) Help us get that last $130 before midnight tonight. Thank you! www.kelchmuseum.org/contribute

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Moving to a Climate Controlled Archive

The big move to our new climate controlled archive started this week. 10,000 books, magazines, and catalogs; 20,000+ negatives and photos, and other vintage aviation stuff all had to go to the new building and up a flight of stairs. Thanks to everyone who helped so far…there’s plenty more work

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Phase II Building Update

What a day! We had electricians and floor polishers and builders and IT nerds and all sorts of work going on in the Phase II building. 18 days until the Grand Opening on the 23rd. Will we make it? (Spoiler alert….yes we will!)We had some nice donations come in today

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