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Mid Year Campaign

2020-09-24T12:25:09-07:00

WOW! What a response from you, our supporters. In just over a week, you delivered nearly $12,000 and propelled the donation plane through $55,000. Most important, we blew by the $15,000 match by nearly $5000.

With the $15,000 match, the total for the appeal will be just over $70,000 – right in the middle of our target range. If your check is in the mail or you did not want to overload the Post Office, your donation will help push the museum toward the top range of our goal; $80,000. Reaching the top will almost restore the hole in our […]

Mid Year Campaign2020-09-24T12:25:09-07:00

Cleaning Up

2020-09-19T16:28:16-07:00

A group of volunteers gathered recently to help clean up the Museum’s Aircraft Display Area. Wayne Hastriter hoses down the 1946 Ford 4-door sedan to remove debris built up over the summer months. Other volunteers included Scott Hornung, John Hughes, John Love, Bryan Powell, Sonny Starks and Bill Young.

Cleaning Up2020-09-19T16:28:16-07:00

President’s Corner

2020-09-21T12:23:59-07:00

Quoting the title of an old Bee Gees song, your Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum has been “Stayin’ Alive!” Many of you have stepped up to support the museum through the Mid-year Appeal fundraiser. Our quest to obtain land continues with unexpected twists and turns.

After just over two months, the museum re-opened on 24 June with a “new normal” in place. Volunteers worked diligently to ensure compliance with COVID 19 safety restrictions including floor marking, protective shielding at the cashier’s counter, systematic sanitizing of high touch areas, mask wearing, etc. etc. Visitors come in every day but in smaller […]

President’s Corner2020-09-21T12:23:59-07:00

Letters – We get letters!

2020-09-10T12:06:47-07:00

Editor,

I recently read the Cat Chat Newsletter and enjoyed it as usual, especially the “Quarter in History” concerning VP-62. As a former member of VP-62, I am offering a bit of supplemental information, some of which may be of interest to some members.

I came to NAS Whidbey 2 weeks after the Japanese surrender in September, 1945 and was attached to VP-62 and assigned as second radioman in the crew of the new C.O.,Lt.Cmdr. Withrow. He had been the XO, and had taken command after the previous C.O. crashed into a mountain at Kodiak […]

Letters – We get letters!2020-09-10T12:06:47-07:00

Desk of Onee & Richard

2020-09-24T10:49:30-07:00

Thank you to our faithful Museum donors and members who have supported us throughout the year. And welcome to our newest members: from Washington, Valerie Garstin and Yara Heinks, and from Oregon, Julie Havelka. Also, from Oregon, aviation enthusiast, CDR Philip R. Rossi, SC, USN (Ret) who joined as a Life member.

With the holidays coming, a Museum membership makes a great gift. Also, find gift ideas in the Ship’s Store and on our website.

Wishing you all a safe ending to 2020.

-Onee Hedeen

I miss days at the Museum as lately my volunteer work has […]

Desk of Onee & Richard2020-09-24T10:49:30-07:00

Chairman’s Report

2020-09-19T15:47:45-07:00

“Resilience” and “Belief”

Well… time has passed and we still are dealing with that old enemy: COVID-19. It permeates our everyday activities whether it be work or play. Most of us now have a personal acquaintance with this plague; a friend, a relative, a neighbor or even ourselves. It truly is serious.

Our response to it really defines who we are: do we accept it, fight it or deal with it in some other manner? A plague has no conscience, no goals or feelings of any kind…We do!

Most of our friends and co-workers at the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum have […]

Chairman’s Report2020-09-19T15:47:45-07:00

This Quarter In History

2020-09-17T11:36:52-07:00

By Michael Alberich, CW4 US Army (ret)

WWII (era)

 25 Nov 1943: VP-62 departed NAS Whidbey Island Wash., for Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, headquarters of FAW-4, arriving on 30 November. The squadron received its assignment and departed for NS Adak, Alaska, the next day.

(Source: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol 2)

10 Dec 1943: VP-62 was temporarily based ashore at Amchitka, Alaska, for familiarization flights (source: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol 2)

 12 Oct 1944: VPB-62 was relieved by VPB-43 for return to NAS Seattle, Wash. All 12 aircraft and associated ground crew personnel returned […]

This Quarter In History2020-09-17T11:36:52-07:00

Mid Year Campaign

2020-09-24T12:20:10-07:00

WOW! What a response from you, our supporters. In just over a week, you delivered nearly $12,000 and propelled the donation plane through $55,000. Most important, we blew by the $15,000 match by nearly $5000.

With the $15,000 match, the total for the appeal will be just over $70,000 – right in the middle of our target range. If your check is in the mail or you did not want to overload the Post Office, your donation will help push the museum toward the top range of our goal; $80,000. Reaching the top will almost restore the hole in our […]

Mid Year Campaign2020-09-24T12:20:10-07:00

Papa Seagull Waits Patiently

2020-06-26T15:13:22-07:00

Papa Seagull “Felix” sits atop a nest with three eggs waiting for hatchlings in the Aircraft Display Area.  Seagulls are known to pair for life and are productive breeders with the mating season traditionally beginning in early February resulting in the breeding season starting from May to the end of July – on average a clutch of three eggs are laid in April to early May. The eggs take about three weeks to hatch so the first chicks are generally seen about the beginning of June.

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Papa Seagull Waits Patiently2020-06-26T15:13:22-07:00

Returned Mail

2020-06-26T13:25:21-07:00

Museum volunteer Don Growe sorts through the myriad of returned letters from a previous out mailing. For us to keep in touch with you to bring you the latest news, having your correct address on file is essential. If you’d like to bring us up to date, just email info@pbymf.org or send a postcard to PO Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA 98277-0941.

Returned Mail2020-06-26T13:25:21-07:00
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