Our 1929 Stearman C3B made an uneventful flight to EAA Oshkosh in July. After a great week of talking to hundreds of people, we were a bit surprised to have received an award for “Outstanding WWII Era Open Cockpit Biplane”.
Although the category seems suspect, we are nonetheless pleased to be recognized for an outstanding aircraft at such a huge event.
The upcoming Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In takes place at Brodhead Airport on July 20-23. This annual event is the 42nd annual reunion of the Brodhead Pietenpol Association (formerly the National Pietenpol Association) and brings pilots and enthusiasts from around the world to Brodhead.
On Friday evening, July 21, the Kelch Aviation Museum is hosting a Reception & Open House from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’ll have beer and wine, desserts and a bluegrass band providing the background music. We’ll also have some of the museum aircraft on display as well as our building plans and video presentation.
A big thanks to Ashley and Anthony from the nearby Janesville Gazette for a wonderful article on the Kelch Aviation Museum’s progress and plans for the future. Check it out at the exclusive link below:
The Kelch Aviation Museum will be open this Sunday during EAA Chapter 431’s Community Pancake Breakfast at Brodhead Airport. Stop over between 7:00 a.m.and noon to see our collection of aircraft and our plans for the future. We’ll have the Curtiss 12-W up flying, weather permitting.
Last summer, the Brodhead Area Foundation award the Kelch Aviation Museum a $30,000 challenge grant toward our $1 Million Capital Campaign to build a new museum facility. As has been mentioned here and in our many area presentations, having the community support of our museum project is critical to our success. The award by the Brodhead Area Foundation will go a long way in broadening our outreach and ultimately reaching our goal.
With the deadline looming in a few short months, we are still about $3,500 short of the $30,000 we are required to raise in order to receive the $30,000 match.
Please visit our Donation page and check out the premiums we are offering to donors of various levels. We will get to our goal, and you can help!
Each year, Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 11 in Brookfield, Wis. awards the Alfred & Lois Kelch Scholarship to a young person in southeast Wisconsin, “…interested in pursuing their interests in any field in aviation.” The 2016 recipient was Luke Lachendro from Beaver Dam, Wis., who has been very active in vintage aviation preservation efforts for most of his life.
Luke sat down for an interview with the Alfred & Lois Kelch Aviation Museum staff late last year to talk about how the scholarship will help get his aviation dreams off the ground and how the legacy of Al & Lois Kelch continues to benefit youth aviation education. Take a look: