Museum volunteers John Solin and Jim Siggins examine a newly-loaned Norden bombsight, previously housed in a vintage WWII aircraft. Norden bombsights were among the most closely guarded secrets of WWII. Bob Biddle, one of the Museum’s founders, was a Norden bombsight instructor during WWII and was highly regarded for innovative tactics he developed for using the Norden [...]
Grandfather Tom Sterling and grandson Allen Sterling examine and size PBY "blister" frames before taking them back to Oregon for repair. The pair will completely restraighten the units including insertion of the plexiglass bubble inside the newly reshaped frames.
Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper (Captain, USN Ret.) shares her experiences as an astronaut with 15 members (9 troops - 6 escorts) of Scouts Pack 4099 who visited the museum recently. The pack is from Oak Harbor, WA
What began as a dream celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. The PBY Naval Air Museum has been housed in two separate locations prior to the spot in downtown Oak Harbor which it presently occupies. The search for land upon which to build a permanent home for the facility continues. [...]
The Museum had a special delivery of a WWII air raid siren found by WC (Bill) Roberts of Puget Sound Energy (PSE). The siren was on a telephone pole in the center of town and was tested daily by the authorities at noon during the war and after. It is said that the alarm was so accurate, [...]
As with most of the PBY-Naval Air Museum volunteers, I have several different jobs, with membership being one I handle on an almost daily basis. All of us so appreciate our members from throughout the United States and beyond who support our mission, some who have been with us since the beginning over twenty years ago. New [...]
Michael Alberich (CWO4 USA Ret.) is our volunteer in the spotlight this quarter. Alberich made his home on Whidbey after retiring from a career with civil service and twenty-one and a half years in the U.S. Army. He works in the artifact assessions area and has been with the museum for little over a year. “I have [...]
The first day of the Boeing Seafair Air Show enjoyed great weather and large crowds. Volunteers Osaretin Omofonmwan , Al Hernandez, Dennis Nealon, John and Jackie Hughes, Patty Henry and Kevin Jackson, with his family, manned the booth which gave them a front row seat for the Blue Angels takeoff and landing for the air show. The [...]
Capt. (USN) Matt Arny, Commanding Officer, NASWI, greets museum volunteer Mike Legere at the local Chamber of Commerce's annual Military Appreciation picnic. Arny became the new commanding officer on August 17th of this year.
John Love is our Volunteer in the Spotlight this quarter. He hails from Carrabassett, ME and served four years in the Marine Corps as an avionics technician. His aviation experience involved working on F-4 Phantoms. Love works in the Accessioning department and states “I saw the ad in the newspaper asking for anyone with aircraft experience to [...]