Pilots Directions

Ahh, nothing like a good old fashioned sectional! Navigation has changed so much since the early years of flight, but map-reading skills will never go out of style. A favorite book here at the museum is “Pilots Directions,” a handbook published in 1921 by the U.S. Post Office’s Air Mail

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Honoring Doug Holt on Veteran’s Day

For Veteran’s Day, we chose to honor Lt. Douglas Holt, one of the key people who made the Kelch Aviation Museum a reality. An original trustee of the Alfred & Lois Kelch Charitable Trust and a mentor and advisor to the early Kelch Aviation Museum staff, Doug was a renown

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The Thoroughbred of the Airways

Here’s an original 1929 ad from Aero Digest featuring the Laird Airplane Co., “The Thoroughbred of the Airways.” The vintage artwork of this era is so striking, part of what makes the Golden Age so iconic.

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Antique Silver Age Open Cockpit Biplane

Five years ago this week, our 1928 Stearman C3B appeared on the cover of Vintage Airplane magazine. This rare aircraft was flown to the EAA “Airventure” convention in Oshkosh earlier that year and we brought home a nice plaque for “Antique Silver Age Open Cockpit Biplane.”

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Spirit of St. Louis Repairs in Milwaukee

Charles Lindbergh visited Wisconsin during his victory tour in August 1927! Here’s a commemorative postcard, and a photo of mechanics doing a quick repair on the Spirit Of St Louis during Lucky Lindy’s stop in Milwaukee. Charles Lindbergh’s own Bird Biplane is on display here in Wisconsin at the Kelch

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Happy Halloween, vintage aviation lovers!

Happy Halloween, vintage aviation lovers! How many of you have airplane-themed halloween costumes, like this incredible 1930s outfit?

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“A Day’s Work”

Pictured is the Kelch Aviation Museum’s 1929 Stearman C3B, NC8811 after a day’s work with Atwood Crop Dusters in 1954. Crop dusting was a dangerous business, and 8811 was involved in a forced landing on August 13, 1954. The pilot, Peter Grant (pictured) was applying a dust insecticide, Tetraethyl Pyrophosphate

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Sparky Barnes “Grassroots” Article

Aviation writer Sparky Barnes has a new article about the “Grassroots” antique airplane fly-in at Brodhead Airport, and a nice plug for the Kelch Aviation Museum. https://generalaviationnews.com/2022/10/23/a-friendly-and-fun-grassroots-fly-in/

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Phase III Construction Has Begun!

This may look like an ordinary patch of gravel, but look closely and you’ll see evidence of underground electrical work. Construction on our long anticipated Phase 3 building has officially begun! Watch here for further updates as we complete our museum facility over the next several months. Better yet, stop

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The Lindbergh Bird

One of the coolest things about the Kelch Aviation Museum? The planes on display are real historic treasures AND many still fly! Case in point: The gorgeous baby blue Bird biplane that Charles Lindbergh bought customized for his wife, Anne, is on display right here at the Kelch Aviation Museum!

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