0705 OTT nas building

The Friends of the Naval Air Station has received grant money from the Wapello County Foundation to purchase and restore the administration building.

OTTUMWA — The Friends of NAS Ottumwa will celebrate Navy Day next Sunday with a chance to look at the progress being made on the administration building’s restoration.

The Ottumwa Naval Air Station helped train pilots for World War II. While much of the station is gone, the administration building is undergoing significant renovations in an effort to create a museum to tell its story. Work has admittedly been slow, but those involved point out the organization has avoided going into debt while making clear progress.

Asbestos and old wiring have been removed. A resident beehive was served an eviction notice as well. With the building now secure from the elements, interior work is making progress.

The administration building will be open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for visitors as part of Navy Day celebrations. Visitors can take a look at the work, though Friends officials noted the building is not yet handicapped accessible.

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