Collections Team Meets with New Executive Director


On 11 August, new museum Executive Director Barry Meldrum, met with the collection team in the museum collections area office bay, to discuss topics related to collections care, preservation of artifacts, new museum building use, move planning and new exhibit ideas for the new museum. The plan going forward is to have more regular meetups to discuss the collection, current and future exhibits, planning for moving and ideas for the new museum.

Pictured are Barry Meldrum at the head of the table, museum Librarian Steppe Williford on the right, museum collections volunteer Bruce Roberts next, […]

Collections Team Meets with New Executive Director2023-08-14T11:33:33-07:00

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

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 Harbor, and Cherie Willie Smith and John Thompson from Coupeville. Dolores Meisch has been gifting all her children with Life memberships and she concluded with memberships for Roberta and Craig Phillips and for Jill-ann and Geoff Painter.

Thank you to all of […]

Desk of Onee & Richard2020-12-21T11:59:26-08:00