Miracle on 34th Street and Other Places

John Dorcey Dec. 4, 2023

The magic of Christmas is a story that is shared in numerous ways - writing, music, movies and most importantly deeds. This story is about one man that shares his talent with hundreds if not thousands through the gift of music. We found it was the method he used to do that sharing so important to our goals of collecting, preserving and sharing Wisconsin's aviation history.

Camping at Peninsula State Park 1926

Crop Dusting at Peninsula State Park

Michael Goc Nov. 8, 2023

An outbreak of spanworms occurred during the summer of 1925 amid the hemlock forests of Wisconsin's Peninsula State Park. The Conservation Commission used a never attempted method to save the park and its forested bluffs.


Airports, Fixes, and Waypoints

John Dorcey Oct. 13, 2023

Airports, fixes and waypoints

Northern Wisconsin from above

Wisconsin's Passport Program - Wings Over Wisconsin

John Dorcey Sept. 27, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has a "Passport Program" that encourages pilots to visit all of Wisconsin's public use airports. Steve Benesh of Oshkosh was awarded the top prize, a leather flight jacket, at the Wisconsin Aviation Conference held last week in Appleton.

Marston Mat

Marston Mat

John Dorcey Sept. 4, 2023

Traditional runway construction methods during times of war are not acceptable. In 1939, while most of the world was at war, the United States addressed this problem among many others. This is the story of how Marston Mat solved that issue.

Lindbergh's Badger Days

Lindbergh's Badger Days

John Dorcey Aug. 15, 2023

Did you know that Charles Lindbergh, before he was a pilot, attended UW-Madison? A review of the book that shares stories of Lindbergh, the student, 1920-1922.

Congressional Medal of Honor

Congressional Medal of Honor

John Dorcey Aug. 6, 2023

A happenstance opportunity to hear two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor led to a search for Wisconsin's Medal of Honor recipients.

Loening C-2C arrives Maitland Field Milwaukee WI

Flying the Bridge Across Lake Michigan

John Dorcey July 15, 2023

The first flight for Kohler Aviation Corporation's Bridge Across Lake Michigan. On Aug 29, 1929 the Loening C-2C Air Yacht departs Grand Rapids MI arrives about 90 minutes later in Milwaukee WI. Two days later, on Sep 1, 1929, the first revenue flight was flown.

Kohler Aviation advertisement Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Kohler Aviation Corporation

John Dorcey June 28, 2023

A brief history of the first across the lake airline.


Call for Hall of Fame Nominations

John Dorcey March 13, 2023

Who has made a difference in Wisconsin aviation history? Who among those folks will you nominate for induction into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame?