Volunteers and donations are the keys to Pasco Flight Museum’s completion

PASCO, Wash. — Back in 2011, the community rallied to “Save the Old Tower” from demolition. Now, with two of the five floors complete, the old NAS Pasco Control Tower is shaping into quite the landmark.

Home to the Pasco Flight Museum, the old tower’s road to renovation has taken quite some time.

“The whole process here is very dependent upon volunteers, and it’s also dependent upon donors,” volunteer Mike Talbot said. This reliance on volunteers, donors, and grants can make some slow goings for the tower.

That’s where the work parties come in.

“So each Friday morning from eight to noon, approximately, we have volunteers that come in and offer to help with whatever project, whatever we’re working on at the time,” Museum Director Malin Bergstrom said.

Anyone is welcome to come and join in on the work, which can include anything from tearing down walls to moving boxes.

“It’s a very fun thing to do. It gets you out of the house for awhile on a Friday. Sometimes it’s work, work, work, and other times it’s sit around and reminisce when we’re waiting for a particular project to get done by somebody else so that we can step in,” Talbot said.

For volunteers at the museum, preserving and sharing the local history is the main driving force.

“We do what we can because we believe in the project,” volunteer Mike Berriochoa said.

Bergstrom hopes that the rest of the tower will be completed by September 2020.

In the meantime it is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It can now be rented out for events, with all of the proceeds going to restoring the rest of the tower. Reach out via the museum’s website here.