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Chairman’s Corner



ver·​nal| \ ˈvər-nᵊ

\Definition of vernal

1: of, relating to, or occurring in the spring vernal equinox vernal sunshine

2: fresh or new like the spring also : youthful

As the song says: “It might as well be Spring”. And so it is in the Pacific Northwest.

New buds, new blossoms, new grass…and a new name for the PBY-Naval Air Museum.

For 21 years […]

President’s Corner

How quickly the world can go topsy turvy! After a very successful 2019, the museum started the new year firing on all cylinders. Collaborations with regional organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest were being expanded. As the range of history covered by our activities grew, a new name was chosen to accurately reflect this expanding scope of naval aviation […]

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Representative Visit

Museum volunteer John Hughes escorts Terry Welch, a member of  the American Association of University Women (AAUW), around the museum as part of her research on historical aviatrix Jackie Cochran. Among her other achievements, Cochran founded Woman’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in WWII.  These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male […]

Scouts Visit

Boy Scout Troops 4038 and 4025 from Blaine, WA stopped by to tour the Museum. Tours can be arranged by emailing or calling (360) 240-9500.

Ilundain Reenlists

25 individuals joined Navy Information Technology Technician First Class (IT1) Enrique Ilundain for his 4-year reenenlistment at the museum today. Ilundain is attached to Mobile Tactical Operations Center Two (MTOC2) aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and is a native of New York City, NY. The reenlisting officer was Lt. Robert Johnson.


From USN to USNR

Navy Lt. David Cloward, USN,  of NAS Whidbey’s Mobile Tactical Operations Center 6, is sworn in as Lt. David Cloward, USNR at a ceremony beneath the Museum’s PBY 5A Catalina on Thursday, Feb 20. The swearing in officer was Officer-in-Charge, MTOC-6, Lt. Ryan Kelly. Cloward hails from Salt Lake City Utah.


Children’s Visit

30 children from the Oak Harbor Classical Conversations Home School Community visited the Museum recently. Classical Conversations Home School is a curriculum that spans all of the US and 22 countries. This is a different style of learning including foundations grammar (ages 4-12) and rhetoric, including debate (High School).


Complete Contest Rules

Prize money purchases all rights to artwork

Everyone is eligible to participate. We will accept
entries from  both corporations and individuals

We reserve the right to request minor changes to final
prizewinning selection

All submissions must be electronic with .AI format preferred. .JPEG, .PNG and .GIF are acceptable. Photos (.jpg, .png, .gif) of drawing board will […]

Work continues on PBY 5A Catalina

Museum volunteers Wayne Hastriter, John Hughes and Omar Young, supervised by Aircraft Restoration Manager George Love, replaced the STBD Elevator Gust-Locks on the PBY Catalina 5A across from the Museum last weekend. Preservation and restoration work on the aircraft is continually ongoing and more volunteers are welcome to participate. Stop by the […]
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