Excited to Fly

Excited to Fly

Children of all ages enjoy flying.  During our Airplane showcase, kids of all ages can get up ...

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Lee Peterson Marquart Charger MA-5

Lee Peterson Marquart Charger MA-5

Lee Peterson owns the Marquart Charger MA-5 aerobatic biplane. The swept-wing open-cockpit Charger ...

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Addison Pemberton 40C

Addison Pemberton 40C

Pemberton and Sons Aviation of Spokane  restored a 1928 Boeing 40C, flying it for the first time ...

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Charlie McAllister

Charlie McAllister

Charlie McAllister’s Start Charlie and Alister McAllister acquired and rebuilt their first ...

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Young Eagles

Young Eagles

Many Young Eagles have taken their first flight at the McAllister Museum during our EAA Young ...

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Recent Announcements

Fighter aces honored

Several Washington state veterans are among an elite group of American fighter pilots being presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the Associated Press reported this week.

The Yakima Valley can claim three Fighter Aces, according to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, which helped convene the ceremony. Of those, the only surviving member is retired Navy Cmdr. Clarence “C.A.” Borley, 90, who attended the ceremony.

The other Aces with Yakima ties were retired Col. Arthur Jeffrey and Maj. Donald Arthur Larson, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.Edited 2004800706-b

Maj. Larson was born, with identical twin brother Ronald, in Yakima on April 2, 1915, the website Airforce.togetherweserved.com notes. He was reared in this area, and educated in Yakima schools. He took flying lessons at what now is McAllister Field in 1928. According to the website, He enlisted as an air cadet in April, 1941, at McChord USAAFB at Tacoma. He took his flight training there, and after graduation became a flight instructor. He was assigned to the 339th Fighter Group in 1943, and went with the group to Fowlmere, England, in April 1944. Later, he was posted to the 505th Fighter Squadron as a combat pilot.

Combat missions, including ground strafing attacks, transportation interdiction, and bomber escort began after familiarity with the newly assigned P-51D aircraft was acquired. Read More

NEWSLETER

Chairman’s Corner

Good news is always good news, and I have some:  Phase I of our building project is almost done.  The building is up, the doors are hung and the electrical and sheetrock will be finished soon.   It’s hard to believe we have been working on this project for about three years.  This addition to our museum would not be possible without donations from our members and friends, a grant from the state of Washington and the support of your board of directors and membership.  Phase II will finish the interior and, if all goes well, see the hanging of the Yakima Clipper plus the new home of the C.A.P.’s Cessna 182.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The summer brings great promise for some pretty cool stuff. The “Unique Aircraft” Saturday program, headed up by Don Rasmussen and his crew, will be back.  Who knows what he will come up with. but it will be first class.  Also, Warren Robins and his associates will probably have some new displays to add.

We want to say “Welcome aboard” to Dan Kinney, our newest board member.  Your board officers for this year are: chairman, Greg Babcock; vice chairman, Ken McAllister; secretary, Liggett Taylor; and treasurer, Gary Pira. Museum members are welcome to attend board of directors meetings, so check our website for the date of the next meeting.Read More