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2022 Events at the PNWNAM


Well, here we are halfway through February 2022 already. Where does the time go?

We have lots of things going on at the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum this year!

Our Annual Community Luncheon is February 22nd, at 11:30am at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge located at 155 NE Ernst Street. All are invited to join us while we acknowledge our PNWNAM volunteers and celebrate our amazing Oak Harbor and NASWI community. Admission is free as always! Lunch is available for $12, please RSVP by calling 360-240-9500 or by emailing your name, number attending, and a phone number to info@pnwnam.org.

But that’s […]

2022 Events at the PNWNAM2022-02-15T12:34:09-08:00

Night Vision Goggle Room (NVG) Officially Reopened Saturdays


The Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum is pleased to announce that the Night Vision Goggle Room (NVG) Exhibit is officially reopened.

The NVG Room will be open on Saturdays from 12:00 – 4:00. This exhibit includes a vintage topography table, that you put on the night vision goggles to look at. It shows you the perspective that pilots flying at night would see as they came in to land or drill. It is an immersive visualization of night vision landing procedures.

This is a close quarters exhibit. You enter the room in total darkness and remain that way throughout your NVG […]

Night Vision Goggle Room (NVG) Officially Reopened Saturdays2022-01-15T13:07:35-08:00

Final Flight – Obituary


Edgar Ward O’Meara

May 21, 1929 – May 21, 2021

Edgar Ward O’Meara was born on May 21, 1929 in Chaffee, Missouri and died on his 92nd birthday.  He was the youngest of three children, living with his mother Ruth O’Meara and his stepdad Vincent O’Meara.  Ed joined the Navy at 17 starting his 20-year military career.

Ed met Phyllis at the USO in Seattle when he was stationed there.  They were married in 1952 and started their family there.  Debbie was born a year and a half later in Seattle.  Ed was transferred to Oak Harbor, WA and that was where […]

Final Flight – Obituary2021-06-08T11:39:53-07:00

Message from the President


Shifting from the rearview mirror to the road ahead! With the vaccine rollouts, there is finally reason for optimism. A challenging year still lies ahead. It will demand of us the same adaptability, perseverance and generosity that stood us well last year.

After three months, the museum’s doors opened again on 17 February. While visitor counts are relatively low, they are increasing. And it just feels good having people in the building absorbing Naval Aviation History and learning about the role of small Pacific Northwest towns in that history. With progress being made fighting COVID 19, Washington State is moving […]

Message from the President2021-05-28T13:36:32-07:00

Clayton Hively


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)

Clayton Hively2021-05-14T14:17:13-07:00

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) History




By CW4 Michael M. Alberich, US Army (Retired)

This series of articles, covering the history of the BRAC in general and BRAC as it affected selected bases and NAS Whidbey in the past, will be issued over the 2021 CAT-CHAT publications in remembrance of the 1991 round of BRAC in which NAS Whidbey was placed on the BRAC list.

The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process had its origins in the 1960s. Understanding that the Department of Defense (DOD) had to reduce its base structure that had been created during World War […]

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) History2020-12-26T11:31:50-08:00

President’s Corner


2020 in the rearview mirror! For most of us it is a good thing. 2020 was a tough, challenging year that brought out some of the best in people, including adaptability, generosity and perseverance.

Washington State closed museums from March through June and again from mid-November to early January 2021. A “new normal” was needed to keep the museum functioning. Even with closed doors much had to be done; correspondence kept up, exhibits maintained, research projects sustained, artifacts documented and cared for, fundraising kept up and, of course, bills paid. The way our volunteers adapted was remarkable and inspiring. The […]

President’s Corner2020-12-21T12:32:55-08:00

Chairman’s Report


The Holiday Season: Christmas, New Year’s, Kwanzaa, et al, are completed and now, onward to a new year, new adventures and responsibilities.

COVID-19 is still with us, which is where the ‘responsibilities’ part comes in. Washington State Gov. Jay Islee is slow/cautious to re-open shuttered businesses. Depending on such variables as vaccines and treatments, small businesses, like our very own Museum, may have a long wait ahead…only time will tell. But: Open we will!

Meanwhile, we are still maintaining the Museum and Ship’s Store, keeping things clean and sanitized for returning visitors; we have leases for our Aircraft Display Area (ADA, […]

Chairman’s Report2020-12-21T12:28:04-08:00


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