2015 APM Capitol Improvement Fund !

The Air Power Museum's mission is to preserve our aviation heritage as well as educate both present and future generations about that heritage.

The APM has over 20,000 square feet of display for it's collections of aircraft, engines, models, memorabilia and displays. It also has a dedicated "Library of Flight", a 4300 sq ft facility containing over 6000 volumes of aviation books as well as countless numbers of manuals & periodicals.

All the APM's facilities are located on Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA. Antique Airfield replicates a typical airport of the 1930's with grass runways and period looking hangars and facilities. It is the headquarters of the Antque Airplane Association (founded 1953) and is privately owned, receiving NO federal, state or local monies.

The APM's two main missions remain the same as they have for decades. The first is to see that the museum exists to preserve and educate the public about our aviation heritage. The second is to see that the APM, the AAA, and Antique Airfield, remain the site for the annual Invitational AAA/APM Fly-in that means so much to antique airplane owners nationwide, because it is the place where the 'grass roots' of antique aviation can still be experienced.

The twofold goal of the "APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015" will be:
1. Ensure the future and permanence of the APM.
2. Rebuild and maintain the infrastructure of the APM

The major infrastructure projects in the works for 2015, include continued replacement of the roofs on the APM hangars. Spearheaded by AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, last year saw a much needed new roof installed on the APM Fly-Market building. This year the plan is to replace the roof on the N side of the APM display annex. That project is slated to happen in June and will tie in with the ongoing moving of the N wall in the Powell Hall display area.

But that’s not all. Another much needed project to be accomplished before the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in September, is the replacement of the APM main hangar door (s). Per the suggestion of APM President Mike Gretz, in order to retain the period look and keep the costs down we will once again install sliding/track doors. Our research indicates a lot of advances in construction, serviceability and ease of operation of these type doors in the 40+ years since the APM main hangar was originally built and the doors installed.

Finally for 2015, with the completion of the construction phase of the APM Restoration Center the next steps towards making this facility operational are cleaning, sealing & painting the floor, installing new door seals and insulation on the Schweiss bi-fold hangar door, then installing/finishing the electrical, plumbing, heating and pneumatic systems.

So please join consider joining with us & help us reach our goal in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015 and get these important infrastructure projects finished in time for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, September 2nd – 7th.


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