Well we’re happy to say that we enjoyed another great Arlington Fly-In here in the beautiful pacific northwest. And this year’s fly-in was a big moment for us as we announced our new name, the North Cascades Vintage Aero Museum, and our plans to move to a new home at the Arlington Airport.
The decision to make the major changes to the museum have been under discussion for while now, but in the end we decided that the change will help us to reach a much wider audience and share the vision of our founder to share the airplanes with as many as possible.
When Harold Hansen founded the museum, he wanted to share his love of airplanes with others, and he wanted to create a retreat for pilots and aviation fans. The airport in Concrete has been our home since the beginning, and everybody who visits comments on the natural beauty surrounding us. But the remote location has its drawbacks. We are well off the beaten path for most visitors to the Puget Sound region, and during the winter the highway closes just up the road and our visitors drop to just a handful.
Moving to the Arlington Airport means we will be just an hour north of Seattle and much closer to other aviation museums in the region, including both Paul Allen’s and John Sessions’ collections at Paine Field as well as the Boeing factory less than 20 minutes away.We believe that Harold would have taken advantage of the same opportunity to share his passion for vintage airplanes with even more people.
We will also have a large base of local pilots and aviation enthusiasts who have already expressed an interest in supporting and helping the museum in the future.
The move will take time, and we don’t yet have a date set for when we will relocate. We are looking at some space on the west side of the airport and are working on some designs for a new display hangar and restoration shop that will give us the opportunity to create a first class museum at the Arlington Airport.
Stay tuned for more updates on the changes as we continue to move forward with our plans. We look forward to even greater things in the future and an opportunity to share our love of flying with an even greater number of people than ever before.