Happy 90th birthday to our 1932 Franklin Sport!

Happy 90th birthday to our 1932 Franklin Sport! This little sport trainer received its airworthiness certificate 90 years ago today. Come to the Kelch Aviation Museum to see it in person and learn about its fun history. https://www.kelchmuseum.org/1932-franklin-sport-90/ 26

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Big Hangar

Funny how big the hangar seems when it’s empty… but not for long! Our aircraft collection has been polished up and rearranged for the annual Pietenpol-Hatz fly-in this weekend! Join us Thursday through Saturday! It is an amazing experience to get to work with these beautiful pieces of history. Thank

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Three Waters Reserve

We were thrilled to support fellow local non-profit Lower Sugar River Watershed Association and Three Waters Reserve at their event on Saturday! We look forward to working with them in the future – and flying over the beautiful nature reserve is always so special. Check them out!

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On the Radio

We’re on the radio! Executive Director Pat and Curator Hannah were guests on WCLO radio today, talking about the museum and Airventure with EAA’s Dick Knapinski. https://www.wclo.com/…/7-15-22-previewing-the-annual…/  

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Cleaning Day!

Today is cleaning day! Our awesome group of volunteers pulled all the airplanes and most of the “stuff” out of the museum so we could scrub the floors, clean the cobwebs, and get ready for our big event next week.

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Barnstormer BBQ – July 21

Back by popular demand! The Kelch Aviation Museum is hosting another Barnstormer Barbecue on Thursday, July 21st, from 5 to 7pm (or until the food runs out!). Open to all! Serving BBQ with all the fixings, new vegetarian entrees, sides, drinks, and dessert. $15/plate, $8/kids plate. See you there! RSVP

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EAA Chapter 1414 Fly-Out to the Museum

We had a great time today with members of EAA Chapter 1414 from Poplar Grove, Illinois. Thanks for flying out to the museum!

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Windy City Miata Club

Thanks to the Windy City Miata Club for stopping by the museum today. It’s a perfect day for a convertible drive or an open cockpit airplane ride.

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Aircraft Part Needed

Aircraft part needed: One right-hand side J3 Cub landing gear vee. (the left-hand side would be helpful but not required). Need not be airworthy; it will be used in a static display at the museum! Thank you.

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Read About Historic Women’s Air Derby This Summer!

Looking for some summer reading? Check out “Born To Fly” by Steve Sheinkin – a vibrant book about the historic Women’s Air Derby! You can find this and other books about women in aviation in our giftshop. Every purchase supports the museum!

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