Air museum ready to begin construction on storage building

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum plans to begin construction soon to add a storage building after a $70,000 donation brought the project near its fundraising goal.

Construction is set to begin in late July or early August on a proposed 1,800-square-foot building that will be used to store artifacts, said Jim Sellars, past board president.

The Columbus Board of Aviation Commissioners donated $70,000 to the museum on Tuesday for the estimated $162,500 project.

Airport director Brian Payne said the airport board was happy to support the museum’s efforts. “They do a fantastic job of preserving the rich aviation history of the airport,” Payne said.

The museum has raised $158,500, or 95 percent of its goal, for the first phase of the project that will involve the construction of the building and a outdoor patio area, Sellars said. The money has come through private donations and grants.

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