National Women’s Day

It’s National Women’s Day! We’re proud to feature our own 91 year-old Jeanne Scholes in this video. You’ve seen her around the museum and Brodhead Airport, but did you know she’s a boss who earned her pilot’s license at age 18?

March is Women’s History Month, and we’ll be posting about amazing women aviation pioneers all month! Stay tuned.

Comet Aircraft Engine

Local Aviation History! Our latest acquisition is this Comet 7E aircraft engine built in nearby Madison, Wisconsin in 1929. The engine is on loan to the Kelch Aviation Museum and will be displayed once restoration is complete this year.

Here’s a photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society of the Gisholt Foundry in Madison, where the Comets were built.

Rotary Club of Beloit

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Beloit for inviting the Kelch Aviation Museum to speak at their weekly meeting yesterday. Here’s Bob Pokorney from EAA Chapter 431 and Pat Weeden, Executive Director of the museum.

Movie Special Effects

Hey, remember those days when movie special effects meant creativity and daring – and maybe a little insanity? Running a museum seems to require the same skills… 😉

This is one of the latest acquisitions in Kelch’s archive. We’re excited about our extensive photo collection, and we keep discovering new treasures. Help us preserve and display these amazing photos – donate now to our archive fund!

Check Out Our New Walls

Check out our new walls! Workers are finishing up the trim work on our corrugated steel interior walls and it looks fantastic. Next step for the hangar is building displays and moving in the airplanes.

You can help keep the work going by donating today. Every dollar counts. Visit:

An Aviation Valentine

There’s so much to love about the Golden Age of Aviation! Happy Valentine’s Day from Kelch Aviation Museum.

What do you love most about vintage aviation?

Monroe Woman’s Club Donates $1,000

The Monroe Woman’s Club donated $1,000 to the Kelch Aviation Museum as part of their Community Improvement Program. Here, Konnie Thompson presents the check to Pat Weeden, Executive Director of the museum.

Thank you so much for the support!


Interior Steel Pickup

Today we picked up the corrugated steel interior wall coverings for the new hangar! They’ll be installed in the next few weeks.

The hangar is really coming along and we can’t wait to fill it with new museum displays and airplanes. We can’t open the doors until Phase 2 is finished, however. Donate now and help us open our doors!