Photography Archive

Take a peek into the museum’s photography archive with this beautiful unpublished large-format negative, donated by Pat Sparling! Our team first identified the aircraft as a Monocoupe model 70, but records indicate it is an earlier Monocoupe model 22 with a 60 h.p. Detroit “Air-Cat” engine, likely built in 1928.

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Black History in Aviation

John C. Robinson, the Father of the Tuskegee Airmen, poses with a 1928 Alexander Eaglerock at the Waukegan Illinois flight school, Lake County Airways, in 1929. Robinson was a pioneering aviator and activist who went on to form the renowned aviation school for Black pilots at the Tuskegee Institute in

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Name the Plane!

Name the plane! We had an amazing set of pictures donated today by Rick Schneider of Brodhead. His father Rudy was an Army mechanic before WWII and took a lot of pictures of the aircraft he worked on. While we don’t normally concentrate on military aviation, this batch of local

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Waukegan Air Show of 1932

Here we see the Waukegan (Illinois) Air Show of 1932. Just think, all the airplanes in this picture are brand new! How many aircraft can you identify? Large format negative scan donated by Pat Sparling.

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Major Grant from Wagner Foundation Enables Phase III Construction

The Kelch Aviation Museum at Brodhead Airport is proud to announce the start of construction on its Phase III museum building project. Construction of “The Dick and Bobbie Wagner Atrium” is only possible due to a very generous financial commitment by The Wagner Foundation of Lyons, Wisconsin. The Wagner’s connection

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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s a shot of our namesake Al Kelch, circa 1970, posing in stylish trousers with the 1932 Franklin Sport 90 “Old Double Trouble.” The plane now lives at the Kelch Aviation Museum; Al’s plaid trousers have been lost to time.

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SuperAero Live Holiday Extravaganza

Our own Collections Manager makes an appearance tonight on the SuperAero Live Holiday Extravaganza at 8:30 pm central. https://youtu.be/AZzb-hOEcDY

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Another First Flight Challenge Update!

We have the best support team! Our $2,000 First Flight challenge grant has been met with 14 hours to spare. Thank you to everyone who donated, pledged, or simply called to encourage!

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First Flight Challenge Update

We’re over halfway to our $2,000 First Flight Challenge! https://fb.watch/akamD_jOYP/

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First Flight Challenge Grant

First Flight $2,000 Challenge Grant! On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight and changed the world forever. Just three days ago on December 14th, our 18-year-old staff member Hannah made her own first solo flight! The museum’s goal is to celebrate history and to share aviation

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