Velie Monocoupe

This Velie powered Monocoupe 70 hangs in the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and is nearly identical to N800HB, owned by the Kelch Aviation Museum. Our Model 70 is the only “project” airplane in the collection and we hope to return it to flight in the coming years.

Aviation Royalty!

During a presentation on the Golden Age of Aviation in Oconomowoc today, we met Norm Poberezny, Paul’s younger brother. We talked about learning to fly and the early days of #EAA!

1932 Michigan Air Tour

The sister ship to our Curtiss-Wright 12-W (one serial number below) is shown here in 1932 with its original owner, Ruth Kitchel from Coldwater, Michigan.

Ruth and her friend Alice Hirschman flew in the 1932 Michigan Air Tour. This picture was printed in the Detroit Times. Ruth & Alice flew the 12-W on the 1,500 mile week long trek along with 40 other planes. Thousands of people came to the 16 airports along the way to see the planes, “stunts” and to buy rides, $1.50 charged. 

Notice how elegantly the ladies are dressed. Alice is helping Ruth put on her fanny parachute.

We Made It!

We made it! Just. Barely.

At the very last minute yesterday, on New Year’s Eve, we accomplished our goal of raising all $123,333 of the William S. Knight Foundation challenge grant for 2018. That means the museum will receive a check for an additional $123,333 this week.

Thank you to the 97 different donors who contributed in 2018. We’re getting close to being able to start building the new museum.

Antique Biplanes Photo Book

Just published, a new photo book featuring the biplanes of the Kelch Aviation Museum. Antique Biplanes is a photo essay from Diedrich Dasenbrock with tons of detail photos of the museum’s biplanes.

This book is only available through the Kelch Aviation Museum, and only with a donation of $1,000 or more. Click on our DONATE link to get yours now. 

Thanks to Diedrich Dasenbrock for the great photos and for publishing the book on our behalf.

Challenge Grant Deadline

Today is the deadline for the 2018 portion of the William S. Knight Foundation challenge grant, and as of this writing, we’re just about $25,000 short of our goal of $123,333. Donate now and receive some great donor premiums.

  • $1,000 – Antique Biplanes photo book
  • $1,500 – Biplane ride for two in a vintage 1930 Waco Taperwing
  • $2,500 – Photo shoot for a day with our vintage cars and airplanes. Period costume and photographer provided.

Click the DONATE link above to get started.

Museum Receives Fairchild 22 on Long Term Loan

Exciting news! The Kelch Aviation Museum just signed a long-term loan for this 1932 Fairchild 22 C7B, owned of John Thomason of Sonoma, California.

This rare aircraft still has its equally rare Menasco engine and flies regularly. It will be housed in the new Kelch Aviation Museum building when it is completed, hopefully late in 2019.

$135,000 Grant From the Brodhead Area Foundation

We are very excited to announce the Brodhead Area Foundation has awarded $135,000 to the Kelch Aviation Museum! The grant will be $45,000 each year for the next three years.

This donation is a significant step forward in our capital campaign to construct a new museum facility at Brodhead Airport. With the recently announced challenge grant from the William S. Knight Foundation, the $135,000 is effectively doubled and brings us within reach of our goal to begin construction in 2019.

Stay tuned for more details on how you can help put us over the top on our 2018 fundraising target.

Wahlin Foundation Makes $10,000 Grant

Wahlin Foundation Makes $10,000 Grant on Behalf of Stoughton Trailers, LLC

The Wahlin Foundation, Inc. of Stoughton, Wis. has awarded a $10,000 grant on behalf of
Stoughton Trailers, LLC to the Kelch Aviation Museum at Brodhead Airport.

The new museum will feature restored vintage aircraft from the “Golden Age of Aviation”
(1920-1940) and a large rentable banquet space, in addition to an aviation art gallery and
an extensive aviation library. The facility will be open to the public year round, and will
also include regular classes in STEM-related activities. A capital campaign launched in 2016 has raised nearly $600,000 to date and was recently awarded an additional $370,000 challenge grant.

The Alfred & Lois Kelch Aviation Museum, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit educational corporation
with a mission, “To establish and operate a museum that celebrates the golden age of
aviation and cultivates an appreciation of its powerful impact on science, engineering and
design, and humanity’s understanding of its own limitless potential.”

The mission of the Wahlin Foundation is to support the charitable needs in the
communities where the manufacturing plants of Stoughton Trailers, LLC are located.

Alfred & Lois Kelch Scholarship Deadline is Nov. 15

2018 – VAA Chapter 11 – Alfred H. & Lois Kelch and MAAC Scholarship

Mission
VAA Chapter 11 wants to introduce aviation to young people to keep aviation strong for the future. The members of VAA Chapter 11 support youth aviation and will now offer an annual scholarship to a deserving applicant while developing youth aviation support activities with encouragement for all members to participate.

ELIGIBILITY: OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE (AGE 15-19 as of the deadline date) INTERESTED IN PURSUING THEIR INTERESTS IN ANY FIELD OF AVIATION. SHOULD BE A RESIDENT OF S/E WISCONSIN.

The Chapter’s Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship annually to that applicant which in their sole judgment excels in the areas of:
– Aviation Interest
– Enthusiasm
– Academics and/or Civic Involvement

The top scholarship now known as the 2018 VAA 11 – Alfred H and Lois Kelch and Maac Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, will be awarded at a Chapter meeting or event. Additional scholarships in lesser amounts may be awarded.

Please make sure you fill in as many different experiences in the following areas: flying, hobbies, academic and civic.

You are required to send us two letters of recommendation by the deadline (Word or PDF attachments only) to Reto Frei, retofr@gmail.com.

Finalists will be notified and asked to attend a personal interview after the deadline. The Committee will, at their sole discretion, rate the applicants by the criteria outlined and present the scholarship. The scholarship recipients will be notified of the award, and the recipients and guests will be invited to receive the awards at a Chapter meeting or event at: Capitol Drive Airport, 21500 Gumina Road, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53072.

For any questions on this application / scholarship please contact any of the following:
Sharron Mitchell, smitc3@gmail.com, 414-339-6350
Ken Reese, kreesecfi@gmail.com,414-378-6022
Reto Frei, retofr@gmail.com, 414-828-1890

Application Deadline is November 15, 2018

Link to Application is HERE