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Alan McElhiney passes, leaves a significant legacy

10 November 2014

Alan McElhiney passes, leaves a significant legacy

Allan McElhiney — photo by Joe May

Allan McElhiney in June 2011 — photo by Joseph May

Alan McElhiney, the driving force behind the creation of the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, passed away early in the morning yesterday on his 91st birthday while in hospice. Although infirm when he agreed to an interview for Travel for Aircraft he generously and gracefully gave his time in support for the museum — which was only months from opening at the time after several years of effort.

He tirelessly labored to preserve what is now the Ft. Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport early, as well as surprisingly rich, aviation heritage. Alan did so not for fame or for money — truly his was the noble quest done without prideful arrogance but with a sure hand and with dignity.

Alan McElhiney leaves a legacy with the area’s only military museum as well as a nexus for aviation history research and conference. Though, naturally, we are sad to hear of his passing we are at the same time happy for him able to see his goal realized in the opening of the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum.

Our thanks to Minerva Bloom, also of the museum, for sending this news in such a timely manner. More of the museum can be read here:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    14 November 2014 23:44

    A sad, sad loss. Here was a man who gave, selflessly, to preserve aviation history for others. Requiescat in pace.

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