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Maritime Patrol Association and Peoples’ Bank

People’s Bank of Oak Harbor sponsored a PBY fly-in owned by Bob Dicks of Pacific Flying Boats Ltd. based out of Sidney, B.C., Canada for the annual Maritime Patrol Association’s reunion. The Maritime Patrol Association (MPA) is a non-profit professional organization for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community. Founded in 2011, MPA provides recognition and enhances the prestige of the MPR community by harnessing the power and support of their members and the community’s industry partners.
Maritime Patrol Association and Peoples’ Bank2019-12-20T14:55:56-08:00

Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Visits PBY Museum

Members of NAS Whidbey’s Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) visit the museum as part of their training in the “Sailor360” history training module. “Sailor360” takes in all enlisted ranks and ratings for training in Navy traditions as well as explaining current Navy policies and events.
Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Visits PBY Museum2019-12-20T14:25:58-08:00

PBY at Auburn, WA Veterans’ Day celebration

Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2019. Museum volunteer John Hughes greets visitors at the accompanying PBY-Naval Air Museum booth. (Photo by Jackie Hughes)
PBY at Auburn, WA Veterans’ Day celebration2019-12-20T14:15:51-08:00

WWII Veterans Honor Us With Their Company


During the PBY-Naval Air Museum monthly Speakers Luncheon at the CPO Club. Left to right are Win Stites (93), Neil Stamey(96), Harry Patton(97), George Behrend(99) and the speaker Jack Holder(97).

Jack Holder recounted his WWII experiences which included serving in PBYs at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, Guadalcanal, Midway and in B-24s(PB4Y1s) during the Battle of the Atlantic. This gathering of five WWII Naval aviators was a rare and unique event, especially for the men themselves who had a marvelous time becoming acquainted and sharing stories.


WWII Veterans Honor Us With Their Company2019-10-08T13:36:54-07:00

Japanese Students Visit


25 Japanese exchange students from the Oak Harbor Public Schools Cultural Exchange Program visit the museum. Along with viewing the PBY aircraft on display, the students participated in a scavenger hunt and got a chance to meet former astronaut Heidi Piper. The museum hosts groups of all sizes and ages. Call 360-240-9500 for more information.

Japanese Students Visit2019-10-08T13:12:17-07:00