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!

Flashback Friday With Al Kelch

Flashback Friday…Here’s Al Kelch himself performing an engine run-up on the 1932 Franklin Sport 90, sometime in the early 1970s. This aircraft has a 90 h.p. Lambert radial engine, and will be a centerpiece in our new museum hangar.

Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In 2020

Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is tomorrow!

EAA Chapter 431’s annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brodhead Airport. Our regular monthly chapter meeting is also Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

As always, fly in, drive in or walk in for a mid-winter break and join us for some winter flying. Chili and all the fixins’ will be available in the Chapter Building for a free-will donation.

There is a good snow base on the runways for ski-equipped aircraft. The fire pit will be roaring to keep everyone warm outside.

Chapter 431 has long hosted an annual skiplane fly-in in the middle of the long, cold Wisconsin winters to get local pilots out of their hibernation and join us for some homemade chili and hangar flying, and for those properly dressed, some chatting and commiseration around the fire pit. The event usually falls around Groundhog Day, so the name has sort of stuck.

Floor Crew

This week we’ve had a crew in the new hangar sealing and polishing the new concrete floor. It’s looking pretty nice! Next month will be the interior wall finishing.