One of the more fascinating items at the museum is out front, near the gift shop, is Charlie’s original pilot license, signed by Orville Wright.
“It was number 6,812 and was issued on November 11, 1927,” said Don Rasmussen, board member, pilot and long-time volunteer at the museum.
The museum is staffed by volunteers and supported through a McAllister endowment, donations, fuel sales and the museum’s rental for special events.
“With the Cub Crafters plant right next door, we are able to generate revenue through fuel sales to them,” Rasmussen said. “Also, we offer tie-down spaces outside for a monthly fee.”
With help from state senator Jim Honeyford, the museum was recently able to build an adjoining hanger to display two of their museum planes and to add meeting space and offices. The Civil Air Patrol shares the hanger.
Admission to the museum is free (donations accepted). Guided group tours are $2 per person.
“We encourage teachers to bring their students,” Rasmussen said. “This is a great place for a field trip.”
If the folks at McAllister Museum had one wish, it would be recognition.
“For some reason, people forget that this museum is here,” Rasmussen said.
The museum, located at 2008 S. 16th Avenue, is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduled docent-guided tours are available. Call (509) 457-4933 for more information.