1953 Cole Bros. Fly-In

Someone donated a pamphlet from the Cole Brothers’ airshow in Brodhead back in 1953. Cool! Here’s some video of that same show in Rockford a few years later. Can you spot any familiar planes?

1918 Flu Pandemic

In looking through historic documents from the 1918 flu pandemic, we found this… How do you enforce such a thing?

Here at Kelch Aviation Museum, we’re relying on humor and hope. Remember, humanity has been through this before! Like our page and stay tuned for more historic tidbits, aviation updates, and vintage inspiration!

Learn & Earn

Check out this cool poster, circa 1918! There are lots of similarities between today’s COVID-19 and the 1918 flu pandemic, and here at Kelch Aviation Museum we’ve been finding some inspiring and timely treasures. Stay safe, everyone!

William E. Boeing

“My firm conviction from the start has been that science and hard work can lick what appear to be insurmountable difficulties.” – William E Boeing, founder of The Boeing Company.

In these strange and difficult times, it’s helpful to remember that over and over, humanity has risen to the occasion with kindness and ingenuity. We at Kelch hope you’re all staying safe and well.

In the meantime, enjoy this 1919 photograph of William Boeing on the first international airmail flight, and dream of warmer carefree summer skies!

CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Gary Lampman, who was selected at random from all the entrants in our drawing. Gary receives a copy of our picture book, “Biplanes of the Kelch Aviation Museum.”

Thank you to everyone who signed up for our newsletter mailing list to enter the contest.

Work From Home

Half of our staff (of two) is taking this week off while I work from home, so our posts here aren’t as flashy as usual.

Ami Eckard-Lee is our archivist, collections manager, & social media guru, but instead of working for Kelch right now, she’s off sewing masks for essential workers in the Brodhead area. She’s made and delivered over 50 in the past few days and donated most of them to folks in Brodhead who have to work during this pandemic, including her dad, who’s a doctor. Ami found a bunch of cool historic photos from the 1918 flu pandemic and other times of mass mask-wearing, which she’ll be posting here for fun – so stay tuned, and stay safe.

Keep up the good work, Ami! Your job at the museum is safe (these posts aren’t going to write themselves!) and we’re proud of your volunteer service to the community.

Final Day of the Giveaway

Today’s the final day in our giveaway! Enter now to win a gorgeous coffee table book featuring incredible photos of our biplane collection, including our 1932 Curtiss-Wright pictured in flight here.

It’s simple to enter: Sign up for our e-mail list OR our printed newsletter on our website: https://bit.ly/3bwzK9v

One random person will be selected from all entries received before midnight tonight! So share it with all your friends, dream of flying – and good luck!

How NOT to Fly

Happy weekend! Here’s Bugs Bunny showing us how NOT to learn to fly…

It’s gorgeous flying weather, but we’re staying on the ground in lockdown. Reading any good aviation books? Share your recommendations in the comments.

Kelch Museum Antique Biplanes

We’re missing those carefree days of summer, and flying Kelch’s gorgeous Butler Blackhawk. You too? Distract yourself today by entering our giveaway! You could win a beautiful coffee-table photo book, “Kelch Museum Antique Biplanes,” by Diedrich Dassenbrock, showcasing six of our most beautiful planes – including our Butler Blackhawk!
It’s simple to enter: Sign up for our e-mail list OR our printed newsletter on our website: https://bit.ly/3bwzK9v
OR
Share this post to your group or personal Facebook page (be sure to change your privacy settings so we can see you’ve shared it, or send us a note letting us know!)
One random person will be selected from all entries received before midnight on *April 4th!* Good luck and stay safe!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

GIVEAWAY TIME! Win a copy of this beautiful coffee-table photo book, “Kelch Museum Antique Biplanes,” by Diedrich Dassenbrock! It’s a fully bound, glossy book showcasing six of our most beautiful planes, and would make a perfect addition to your aviation library or gift for an airplane aficionado.

Here’s how to enter your name to win:
1) Sign up for our e-mail list OR our printed newsletter on our website: https://bit.ly/3bwzK9v
OR
2) Share this post to your personal or group Facebook page!

One random person will be selected from all entries received before midnight on *April 4th!* Enter yourself and share it with your friends – and enemies, why not? 😉 In this rather chaotic time, we’re devoted to bringing the inspirational stories and machines at Kelch Aviation Museum to the world. Your support means the world to us in every way. Good luck, and tailwinds to you!