December 7 Remembrance

December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Here’s a photo of Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6), the Douglas SBD “Dauntless” Dive Bombers present that day.

Last Big Piece

The last big piece of the new museum hangar was installed yesterday, the big overhead door for our collection of vintage cars. Now on to the interior work!

Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday! Join us in keeping the legends and magic of the Golden Age of Aviation alive and flying! With your support and enthusiasm, the sky is the limit.

To make it even more awesome, Facebook will be matching / doubling all donated funds today, on Giving Tuesday.

You can donate online through Facebook or through our website at kelchmuseum.org. This holiday season, we’re offering some extra-special premium thank-you gifts, so hop on over to the website for more info!

Comfort Hints

Happy Monday! Anyone got the holiday travel blues? Take some advice from the Army Air Forces Air Transport Command Passenger Guide!

This original pamphlet, along with hundreds like it, resides in Kelch Aviation Museum’s archive. The winter months may be no good for open-cockpit flying, but we’re keeping busy indoors organizing these treasures!

Glenn Curtiss

November is National Aviation History Month! On this day, November 30th, in 1907, Glenn Curtiss founded the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, the first airplane manufacturing company in the United States.

At Kelch Aviation Museum, we have two Curtiss-Wright aircraft – a 1931 model 12Q and a 1932 model 12W.

Richard Byrd

November is National Aviation History month!

90 years ago on this day in 1929, Richard Byrd and his 3-man crew made the first flight to the South Pole. They had difficulty gaining enough altitude, and had to dump empty gas tanks, as well as their emergency supplies, in order to achieve the altitude of the Polar Plateau, but they were ultimately successful. The flight took 18 hours and 41 minutes roundtrip.

Fun fact: In the early 1920s, NYC wealthy hotelier Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to anyone who could make the first non-stop transatlantic flight between New York City and Paris. In early 1927, Richard Byrd was the popular favorite in the USA – until Charles Lindbergh showed up, and the rest is history.

Raymonde de Laroche

November is National Aviation History month!

Fun fact: On this day, November 25th,in 1913, Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to earn a pilot’s license, flew 200 miles (320 km) solo in four hours, setting a new record. The flight won her the 1913 Fémina Cup for the longest solo flight by a woman!

Netherlands to Indonesia

November is National History Month!

Aviation history fun fact: On this day in 1924, a Fokker F. VII, landed in Indonesia after a 55-day adventure flying all the way from the Netherlands. With a total of 127 flight hours and numerous intermediate stopovers, the plane touched down in Jakarta to a hero’s welcome, having demonstrated that it was possible to bridge an enormous distance with such an aircraft.

 

China Clipper

November is National Aviation History month!

Fun fact: On this day in 1935, The China Clipper’s first transpacific crossing departed Alameda, flown by Captain Edwin Musick. At the end of the six-day, 8,210-mile trip, the China Clipper reached Manila on November 29th, with a total flying time of 59 hours and 48 minutes. There was a one-day layover at Guam because of a mixup over the effect of the International Date Line!

Macauley Field

November is National Aviation History month!

A hundred years ago on November 20th, 1919, Macauley Field, the first Municipal Airport in the United States, officially opened!

The local paper, Tucson Citizen, reported that the first landing at the new airport was made “in one of the Curtis Biplanes of the Barr Flying Circus.” Flying circuses and barnstormers were a huge part of the Golden Age of Aviation. Here’s a clipping from the Tucson Citizen a hundred years ago today, November 21, 1919, advertising rides out of the brand-new airfield!