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Mid Year Campaign


Although our flight to $60,000+ has slipped below the intended track, we are just over half-way to the minimum goal and there is good news to report. Led by Island Thrift, several supporters of the Celebration of Flight Dinner and Auction have changed their pledge of support to a Challenge Pledge totaling $15,000 for this Mid-year Appeal.

While lost revenue due to COVID-19 and cancellation of the Celebration of Flight created a hole of nearly $80,000 in the museum budget, reaching a minimum dollar altitude of  $60,000 will go a long way toward closing the gap. Now, each additional dollar […]

Mid Year Campaign2020-07-28T13:04:17-07:00

President’s Corner


This past quarter dealt your Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum a series of hard punches. COVID 19 was the first punch. Cancellation of the 2020 Celebration of Flight (COF) Dinner Auction hit next. To fill a large budget hole, the 2020 Mid-Year Fundraising Appeal had to be ramped up early. Then came the emotionally charged turmoil surrounding George Floyd’s death in May. In the midst of all this, an opportunity arose to acquire land in Oak Harbor for the new museum. “From the Chair,” Jim Siggens writes about flexibility – we needed buckets full!

After the museum’s March closure, our […]

President’s Corner2020-06-26T15:16:52-07:00

Papa Seagull Waits Patiently


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.


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

Returned Mail


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 or send a postcard to PO Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA 98277-0941.

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

Museum Library


Always the faithful volunteer, Navy Hodges manages the museum research library located across the street from the facility. For a truly historical exploration of vintage books, magazines and news items, contact her for an appointment at (360) 240-9500.

Museum Library2020-06-26T13:18:10-07:00

Scholarship Recipient


Cheyanne Winchester of Oak Harbor is the 2020 Eileen Brown Scholarship award winner. Winchester originally hails from Pasco, WA and has lived on Whidbey Island since the 5th grade. She is planning a double major at Western Washington University in Bellingham in Music Performance (Bachelors) and Music Education (Masters) with the goal of becoming a high school teacher. The Museum has offered the award to deserving students annually for several years. Eileen Brown was one of the Museum’s original founders and a most enthusiastic supporter.


Scholarship Recipient2020-06-26T13:00:28-07:00

Limited Edition Challenge Coins

The Museum Challenge coins are in! For only $19.95 each + tax (total $21.69 each), one or more could be yours. Pick up a limited edition piece of history in the ship’s store today. Supply is limited to only 100 coins produced so get several for yourself and others now. On-line purchase available under “Ships Store/Collections” on this website.
Limited Edition Challenge Coins2020-06-26T12:55:08-07:00

Chairman’s Corner


FLEXIBILITY: The ability to bend, flex and adapt to changing circumstances.

Since last time, we have experienced the full brunt of the COVID-19 virus, have had many job-related stresses because of it and experienced some serious problems in our inner-cities with polarizing emotions. Life, it seems, does not always give us what we hope for, but we need to be resilient enough to carry on and strive for a better tomorrow.

On that note, some good news: it looks like we finally have a well-deserved shot at acquiring acreage to build our long-awaited Museum of the Future. The Capital Improvement Plan […]

Chairman’s Corner2020-06-26T12:31:16-07:00

Chairman’s Corner




ver·​nal| \ ˈvər-nᵊ

\Definition of vernal

1: of, relating to, or occurring in the spring vernal equinox vernal sunshine

2: fresh or new like the spring also : youthful

As the song says: “It might as well be Spring”. And so it is in the Pacific Northwest.

New buds, new blossoms, new grass…and a new name for the PBY-Naval Air Museum.

For 21 years we have been the PBY Memorial Foundation and half that time we’ve had a

location called: The PBY-Naval Air Museum. Times change and so do we. Our artifacts,

exhibits and everything you can see at the Museum have expanded to include many

different types […]

Chairman’s Corner2020-03-26T11:55:23-07:00
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