|February 2010 - Museum Newsletter|
|Get ready for
Day of Action
WAAAM is starting the engines on the "Second Saturday" of each month beginning April 2010.
The artifacts on display at this museum are not only full of history, they Not only are the artifacts rich in history, they are still alive
Aircraft, Automobiles, Motorcycles, Remote Controls, Tractors, Military Jeeps and Engines will all get their day in the sun again as the volunteers get ready to show visitors that this is not just a bunch of old stuff but that it can and does run. In fact, these treasures purrrrrr.
"We have been working up to this since the doors opened in September of 2007. Scheduling a day a month, will give antique lovers a day to visit when there will be action- Guaranteed. Our plan is to feature different types of vehicles each month. We have so much to share!" says WAAAM's Director, Judy Newman.
Come learn, be fascinated and get involved in our wonderful past.
I started at WAAAM in November 2007, shortly after the initial opening. The reason: I wanted to be here was to restore aircraft. At the first fly-in, I saw a list of things that were needed, and I saw AIRCRAFT RESTORATIONS......
I had asked one on the people at the front desk who to see, and she said,"See Tom Murphy but wait until the fly-in is over and then in about 2 weeks, send him a resume'"
So, I did. Tom told me that when he saw my resume, he thought I was applying for HIS job! This is where I volunteer at WAAAM: The Shop.
I have been interested in airplanes since my first model airplane in
kindergarten (Vanport, OR, 1943) and then it has been airplanes ever since! I was in Boy Scouts, which became Air Explorer Scouts, then it became Civil Air Patrol. After about 12 years in the USAF as a sheet metal mechanic,(1955-1967), I went on to United Airlines then Western Skyway's at Troutdale Airport in the rebuild shop. I started teaching Aircraft Maintenance at Portland Community College, (26 years) and retired in 1995 from teaching. Aftedr that, I went to work for Horizon Airlines, turned 65 in 2002, "Retired" then found out I needed 10 years (instead of 7 to receive retiree bennies!) so I did 3 more years driving the Flight Crew Shuttle Van.
While teaching at school, I was a flight instructor, airplane mechanic, teaching Ground school, private, commercial and instrument, and restored a WWII Hawker Hurricane........a very busy time.
I am now working on my "4th Retirement"!
My wife Carolyn and I Have 5 Children: Joseph 48, James,46 Christina 44, John, 41 and Jeffrey, 37 and we are coming up on our 50th anniversary this coming June.
My other interests are Camping, Model Airplanes, Fishing, and airplanes.... airplanes...did I mention airplanes?
One of my greatest thrills at the Museum was this last fly-in, and I got to ride in Addison Pemberton's Boeing 40A !!!! I'm still grining about that!!!
The privilege of getting to work on historical airplane projects and restoring these creatures so that other people will get to enjoy them! And the satisfaction of contributing to seeing them fly, as they were meant to do!
Thank you Bob, you help make WAAAM wonderful!
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Already, all your internet searches and purchases have raised more than $110.
This year all of these funds will benefit WAAAM CAMP 2010!
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(Top Left) Jack Wolfe with his families 1911 Auburn Automobile on loan
(Top Right) Wes Valpey readys his Packard for an outing
(Right) Dave Schneeberg, Bob Lynch , and Russ Paddock fly in formation to get a big job done!
Volunteer this year, it feels great!
to contact Dave Elkins
| WAAAM IT!
A Ping Pong Event at WAAAM !
Skyline Foundation and WAAAM have teamed up to have some winter fun !
So grab the family,
Snag your friends , Challenge your co-workers!
It's time to Play!
"Who would have known this was tucked away in Hood River. Get it out on
the internet!" (WE ARE)
WAAAM Web Site
By the time you read this, the WAAAM web site home page will have exceeded 10,000 hits since it was implemented on August 27 of last year. That's an average of 2,000 hits per month! There's been a recent upsurge in hits resulting from the Google Ads grant reported in last month's newsletter. As may be reported elsewhere in this newsletter, the number of visitors to WAAAM in the first six months of the 2009 fiscal year have already exceeded the total visitors for the 2008 fiscal year! This is in part due to the promotional efforts of the last two years, including the WAAAM web site.
A new WAAAM web site is under development. This one is being created by professional web site developer Pat Case of
Hood River, who has graciously agreed to apply her skills and talents towards an even more effective web site for WAAAM. The new web site will have a "world class" look and feel, and provide features for WAAAM's visitors, members, and donors, that are not currently available. The new web site may be up and running sometime in March.
-= Roy Pettit =-
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