Several times a year McAllister Museum of Aviation brings in special interest aircraft for the public to tour and/or fly in (for a fee) to further educate and celebrate the wide variety of aircraft in our aviation history.
Airplane Presentations and Flying Demonstrations
Admission to all these events is free. Presentations will last approximately 1-2 hours and are dependent on weather, and other conditions. It is recommended that those interested in seeing these aircraft arrive before the start times due to the Museum’s limited capacity.
All presentations will be held at the McAllister Museum of Aviation, 2008 S 16th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98903.
Cub Crafters NX Cub
On Saturday, September 4, 2021 Dave Lake introduced the “Cadillac” of the Cub Crafters airplanes – the NXCUB.
After talking about the history of Cub Crafters, and the history and capabilities of the NXCUB, Dave demonstrated the quick takeoff and short landings that this plane is known for. Following the demonstration, attendees got a closer look at the plane and had a chance to ask Dave specific questions about its capabilities.
To celebrate Oscar Tate’s 99th birthday, his grandson, USMC pilot Captain Benjamin Tate was allowed to bring his USMC V-22 Osprey to the surprise party.
We had a huge spectator turnout to view the Osprey at McAllister Museum of Aviation and a great party for Oscar.
In the Museum’s meeting room we have a special display on Oscar created by his family.
The Dream Flights Organization offers free flights for Military veterans who served in World War II. The flights recognize and honor senior military vets by giving them a free ride in a vintage Boeing Stearman biplane.
The Dream Flights have visited McAllister Museum of Aviation three times in recent years. Most of the pictures at the left were taken during our most recent Dream Flights on August 22, 2021.
In 2018, we offered rides in a P-51 Mustang that has special adaptations to seat a passenger behind the pilot.
The P-51 is one of the most popular WWII fighters and the sound of the V-12 Merlin engine in a flyby is exciting to hear.
The aircraft and pilot were from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.
Yakama Warriors Honor Guard on Veterans Day
At our Veterans Day celebration in 2019 we celebrated the museum’s 20th year, plus the presentation of our new Native Americans in Aviation display.
The Yakama Warriors Association Honor Guard did a drum and bugle and honor guard presentation for all branches of the military. They also dedicated the Native Americans in Aviation display.
Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
The 2018 P-51 Mustang event was very successful, so in 2019 we brought in a Curtiss P-40 painted up as a Flying Tiger, shark teeth and all.
All rides sold out quickly and many folks went home with smiles on their faces after their ride in this beautiful WWII fighter.
The pilot and aircraft were brought in from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.