Desk of Onee & Richard

Even though the Museum was closed for much of 2020, the year ended with many new members joining us.

A warm welcome to new members Sally Mulcahy, Richard Tolley, Claudia and Steven Talmadge, Mary I. Ruiz, David P. Ruiz, Daniel Theriault, Susan and Mike Waller, T. Tveil, and John A. Rooke from Oak […]

Working on carrier

Museum volunteer Clayton Hively catches up on some off-season maintenance on the Museum’s Nimitz-Class parade aircraft carrier. This is quite an undertaking and anyone with wood building skills is invited to join us as a volunteer to help complete the project. Photo by George Love


Thank You!

Our most sincere appreciation to Matson Navigation for their generous donation of $1,000 to the PBY Memorial Foundation. They are our newest business partner.


We mourn the passing of Fred Owen, another victim of the COVID-19 virus. Owen was the premier PBY pilot in the United States and one of only a few qualified to certify PBY pilots for the FAA. He was a friend and supporter of the PBY Memorial Foundation since its inception.
Owen was […]

Mid Year Campaign

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 […]

Cleaning Up

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.


President’s Corner

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 […]

Letters – We get letters!


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 […]

Desk of Onee & Richard

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 […]

Chairman’s Report

“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 […]


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