Corben Super-Ace magazine artwork

Here’s some stunning magazine art from the archives! The Corben Super-Ace is a homebuilt plane, and a set of plans and construction articles originally appeared in Popular Aviation, starting with this issue in April 1935. We’re close to home with this one: The Corben Sport Plane and Supply Company was based right here in Madison, Wisconsin!

Super Ace fans, look closely – the publishers misspelled Corben as “Corbin” here… Whoops.

Holiday Travels!

Here’s wishing you safe travels over the holidays! If you’re sick of traffic, remember – you could “fly in comfort for two cents a mile” in a Fairchild. Looks a little chilly to me…
This vintage ad from a 1939 Aero Digest magazine is one of the countless delightful treasures in Kelch Aviation Museum’s archive!

Ray-Ban ad

I had no idea that Ray-Ban sunglasses (or should I say sun goggles?) were around in 1939 – but here’s an ad from that year’s Aero Digest. Those pilots certainly look dapper – and like they might fit in in 1975!

This original vintage magazine, along with hundreds of others, is preserved in our archive & library. Your donation to the Archive Fund will help ensure treasures like this are safe – and publicly accessible – for years to come. Donate today!

On This Day: Wright Flyer’s First Flight!

On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers made the first four flights in the Wright Flyer – achieving the first ever controlled, sustained flight in a powered, heavier-than-air machine with a pilot aboard. And just like that, the aerial age began.

“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings. More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost if you can conceive of such a combination.”
– Wilbur Wright

The Wright Flyer in 1903

Achieving the Impossible

“Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

With your help we’ve done what seemed impossible: We’ve raised over a million dollars for a new museum building. We’re in the final stages of our campaign. Donate today and join us in preserving the magic and technology of the Golden Age of Aviation!

Eddie Rickenbacker

The Sky is the Limit

“To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” – Jerry Crawford

When we started fundraising for our $1.3 million campaign, it felt as risky and challenging as wing walking! Yet with your help we’ve come so far, and we’re nearly 80% funded.

Please consider donating now and joining us. We have some amazing thank-you premiums, too, and they make perfect gifts… Learn more and donate today!

Earl S Daugherty’s barnstormer team proving that the sky is the limit, circa 1923

Holiday Air Mail

The holiday season means it’s time to mail out oodles of greeting cards! Airmail was one of the most important developments in early aviation, spurring on the pioneering of routes and technology. Here at Kelch Aviation Museum, we have an original 1927 Travel Air 4000, used for airmail delivery in the early days. Imagine popping your envelope into a mail bag in the front cockpit! Brr!

Katherine Stinson, pioneering aviatrix

On this day in 1917, Katherine Stinson flew 606 miles from San Diego to San Francisco, setting a new American non-stop distance record. At a time when men dominated the flying world, Katherine was the 4th American woman to receive a pilot’s license.

Read more about Katherine Stinson in this great article.

One of the coolest things about early aviation history are all the amazing women aviators. Groundbreaking, courageous, ahead of their time – these women continue to inspire us today. Your support ensures the continued education and inspiration of future aviators (and aviatrixes!) for generations. Join us and donate today!

Popular Aviation, February 1937

A lovely bit of magazine cover art: The Beechcraft B17-L, on Popular Aviation, February 1937.

Though many people nowadays don’t know much about vintage aviation, the sight of a biplane still captures almost everyone’s imagination, and the dream of flight is still an inspiration. Join us in keeping the magic of the Golden Age of Aviation alive this holiday season!

With your donation, we come one step closer to opening the doors of our new building and inspiring generations to come!