RANTOUL – Though attendance was lower than hoped, officials at the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum plan to hold future air shows.
Hal Loebach, the museum's executive director, said this week that the attendance figures – 3,000 total for Saturday and Sunday – "were disappointing but not unexpected. We will have the air show next year but have not set a date. We'd like to have it earlier, when there is less chance of roasting."
High heat and humidity across the area over the weekend kept many people away.
Loebach said money raised from the show was to have gone into a new building fund.
"We are still counting (proceeds)," Loebach said. "We are close to breaking even."
Loebach would like to see the museum move to a new building in five or six years because the former air base's Grissom Hall, where the museum is located, is more than 70 years old. "This building (which includes hangar space) was never designed to hold a museum," Loebach said.
Indoor exhibits at the museum fill 130,000 square feet, but Loebach said airplanes fill 200,000 square feet of grounds outside the museum.
"Those planes should be inside," he said.
Loebach has been director of the museum for two years.