Independence Day Challenge!

In the spirit of Independence Day, we have received a $2,500 challenge from an anonymous Wisconsin donor. We’ll receive $2,500 if we can raise an equal amount before the end of the day on Saturday, July 10. We’re less than three weeks from opening day, July 23. Help give us

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Bill’s Air Park

This article was originally published in Forward in Flight magazine, a publication of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. “Bill’s Air Park” 75th Anniversaries aboundBy Patrick Weeden My friend Joe Snow recently mentioned that his trusty little Cessna 140 will turn 75 years old this year. A quick search of

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Museum Grand Opening!

After five years of fundraising, planning, talking, and dreaming,The Kelch Aviation Museum will celebrate with a takeoff party on July 23rd! Our Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., with a formal ribbon cutting, special tours, and maybe even a speech or two. More details to come, but mark your

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Wing Rigging on Travel Air 4000

Lights, camera, action! The latest in our continuing series of virtual aircraft tours, “Airplanes With Ami!” has been published. Join Collections Manager Ami Eckard-Lee & Archivist Hannah Schickles as they rig and balance the wings on a Travel Air 4000 Biplane.

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The Dangers of Flying the Mail

Air Mail pilots like William “Wild Bill” Hopson faced many dangers, but none so menacing as being cut out of foam board with a sharp knife by our Archivist, Hannah. Wild Bill is featured in the museum’s Air Mail exhibit, curated by Hannah. You can see him when we open

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U.S. Air Mail Bags

What do you do when you can’t find authentic 1920s Air Mail sacks for your new museum? You make your own! Collections Manager Ami and Archivist Hannah researched and fabricated these U.S. Air Mail bags from authentic materials and inking processes. They look awesome! We’re one step closer to opening

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LeRoy LaBarre Memorial Challenge Grant

The Kelch Aviation Museum has received a $2,000 challenge grant in memory of the late LeRoy T. “Bud” LaBarre, longtime Brodhead Airport manager and aircraft builder. A challenge grant means the museum will receive $2,000 from a generous local donor if we can raise an equal amount from the public.

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Travel Air 3000 Wing Work

The latest in our continuing series of virtual aircraft tours. Join Collections Manager, Ami Eckard-Lee as she works on a historic wing from a Hollywood Travel Air 3000 and gets it ready for display.

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Painting the Display Cabinets

Hannah is busy painting our second hand display cabinets. We’re one day closer to opening!

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Rick Hansen’s Travel Air

Watch this awesome video from EAA about our good friend Rick Hansen and his Travel Air restoration. (We’re keeping Rick’s airplane in our museum hangar for the winter and we get to admire the craftsmanship every day!) Congratulations, Rick!

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