There is a Nordic connection with the PBY and PBY Naval Air Museum President, Wil Shellenberger, will give a presentation about that connection at the Saturday, March 16th monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge. He will also provide information and an update on the progress of their museum building project. The presentation will be followed by a traditional St Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner.
PBY Memorial Association was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1999, and in 2000, the group discussed the potential for a museum, started searching for an airplane to buy, and looked for office space and storage where accumulated memorabilia could be stored. In 2010 they acquired a PBY and then – from 2011 through 2013 – shifted their focus to creating many historical exhibits and building the strength of the PBYMF as an organization. During this period, an architectural firm was hired to develop a design for a future hangar-style building for the museum. In 2014 all their artifacts, library and administration were moved to a 4500sf rental property on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. In January 2015 their PBY was moved to a vacant lot across the street.
Since then the museum has continued to build a reputation as a top- quality small museum and is now looking to the future. With the architectural drawings commissioned in 2012 in hand they are still seeking a future site for a new, larger hangar style museum that will allow them to expand the scope of their mission to encompass all Naval Aviation throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Come learn more on March 16th – especially about the Nordic connection with PBY’s! The public is invited to this program.
An optional corned beef & cabbage lunch will be served afterwards for a $10 donation. RSVP’s please!