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December 2011 Newsletter

A New Holiday Tradition


WAAAM and Photography by Nicholas

are bringing Santa to WAAAM 

 Santa Photos at WAAAM 2011 

 Starting this year at

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum


the tradition of the holiday spirit will feature professional holiday portraits with the spectactular collection WAAAM has to offer. 


December 10th (yep, that is Second Saturday) Santa will be visiting WAAAM for Portait Photographs in our 1920 American LaFrance Fire Truck.


Visitors will receive a complimentary picture. 


Choose the one you like best! 


Bring the family for a "Behind the Ropes" chance to sit in this beautifully restored 1920 American La France Firetruck. 


Grinch flys to WAAAM 

 Photograph Event Hours 10am-2pm  


The Grinch will be here too.. maybe you'll want a picture with him !

Second Saturday Lives ALL Year Long



We see the weather is changing.

The snow has fallen, the snow has melted, it is gray some days. Will the sun shine?


We don't sweat the small stuff here at the museum. With two acres of artifacts and history, all indoors, the weather can't stop us.  




We just change things up a bit. So here is our plan for the day: 

WAAAM opens as usual at 9 am


It is the holiday season so... bring TWO Cans of Food or a TOY

for your $2 off admission.

 The US Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" toy drive

and the Food Bank will help get your gifts to the right people!



  • We will drive old things: You know we love our old relics. and their care is most important to us. We will drive as long as the weather holds.
  • We will fly something old if the old cars drive.
  • We will teach you how to sew fabric on the wing of a plane. ..That's called "Rib Stitching" Restoration at it's best. 
  • We have a photographer here to capture your holiday spirit. Take your portrait home with you.
  • We have invited the Santa and the Grinch to this Second Saturday
  • We will demonstrate the fine art of Carrousel Horse Carving and Restoration.
  • We invite your children to make a holiday gift card to take home.
  • We will cook your lunch. Warm and hot off the grill.  


You get a wonderful day out and you get to learn something new! How is that for a great Saturday? 

Membership Hath It's Privileges



Share your values 

and the wonder of WAAAM this holiday!


You care about preserving history... and as a current member of the WAAAM Museum, you are invited to give the gift of WAAAM membership at a very special price! 


Members: SAVE $10-$25 off Holiday Gift Memberships.


Give a WAAAM Holiday Gift Membership to those you care about: (Starting at just $40 for the year!)

  • Family, Friends
  • Boss. Employees, Clients, 
  • Kids teachers, your mail man, hairdresser...


Special Offer  - See Bottom of Newsletter!


$2800 raised for WAAAM during the

1st Annual Hangar / Garage  garage sale at WAAAM


It was quite a morning, bustling around putting the finishing touches on the garage sale: Setting up, putting out the signs and directing people to the back of the museum where the hangar/garage sale event was held.


"Salers" were lining up at 8:30 am (sale started at 9), a few last minute donations were being sorted and tagged so the rush was on! It was like reaality TV.... those early birds ran into the hangar, they already had their eye on their prize.


What did we sell? Tools,  4 wheeler, TV's, fur pelts, camping gear, china, crystal, silver, clothes, roll top desk, furniture, nick knacks, exercise equipment, toys, antiques and countless more


Very few could not find SOMETHING in the mounds of goods to take home with them.


Keeping Warm at Garage Sale


You have got to be tough to do a Hangar/ Garage Sale in November! Lucky WAAAM has tough volunteers (like Connie) who know how to borrow the clothes of the rack to keep warm.


Thank you to all who volunteered and donated items to make this event a success.!  See you next year!

Volunteer Spotlight :


Introducing Soujanya Rao.


From far away Soujany keeps the website going for this special museum. She lives with her husband Ramesh, who is  an aerospace engineer and working for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Soujanya lived in Hood River up until a year ago when Ramesh took a new job in Iowa. When she told Judy the Director of WAAAM that she was moving. Judy said "We will miss you. Good thing you can be the webmaster from anywhere!" And so she is.


Why would someone volunteer even from so far way? Rao replied " I immensely enjoy working with other volunteers and  to meet interesting people from different backgrounds. At the same time, it is a lot of fun to learn about antique aircraft and automobiles".Volunteers from a far!

It all started when " I had recently relocated to Hood River and in my free time, I wanted to use my skills in a meaningful way. When I came across WAAAM, I instantly wanted to be a part of the family. I am definitely a plane person :)  ansd would love to take some flying lessons sometime. The 1928 Brunner-Winkle Bird (one of the few planes displayed that talks about women aviators) is my favorite thing in the museum." Soujanya say with passion and excitement. 


"Life was so different those days, and to be a part of the history, make us appreciate about what what we have today. The WAAAM Museum is not only full of history... but most of the planes & cars still fly & drive. One of the unique features that sets WAAAM apart. It definitely makes the history alive.


Though I love  history I also love to paint/sketch, travel. I enjoy all outdoor activities, one of the few things which I miss about not staying in Hood River anymore.!" she says when asked about her other interest.

She has a web business. Check it out if you need her kind of help.  




Thanks Soujanya, for keeping WAAAM wonderful. 


Issue 12-2011
In This Issue
New Traditions
Second Saturday Lives
Membership Hath It's Privileges
$2800 raised for WAAAM
Volunteer Spotlight
Mark Your Calendar
What do they Say?
Calendar of Events

 December 2

See 'The Grinch" in the WAAAM sleigh  during the Hood River Holiday Parade

6pm on Oak Street.  

 December 10
Second Saturday
$2 off entry when you bring a toy or 2 cans of food
Christmas Pictures By Nicholas Photography with a beautiful firetruck and plane backdrop
December 25
Closed Today
Merry Christmas
January 1
Closed today
Happy New Year
January 10
Second Saturday
September 8th & 9th
 Hood River Annual
Fly - In
Visitor Quote  
"Oleg and Koustantin from Russia were here. Great Museum with huge collection of pieces of history. Wishing you long years of standing and good luck!"


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We have a Glider!
Really it is a SAILPLANE
with a glide ratio of 33:1
For every mile high in the sky you are, you can glide 33 miles in distance.
This plane was donated to WAAAM by the  Robert Klemmedson Family of Vallejo, CA
* Wood and fabric wings
* Wood fuslage
* 53.8 foot wing span 
* Single place
* 94 produced
* This is 1 of 3 in the USA 

 Read more about the Oberlerchner here


1963 Oberlerchner
1963 Oberlerchner Sailplane

Fun fact: The donors knew and flew with WAAAMs Founders' father Dick Brandt  in the 70's and 80's

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Membership Hath It's Privileges



Share your values 

and the wonder of WAAAM this holiday!


You care about preserving history... and as a current member of the world renown Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, you are invited to give the gift of WAAAM.


Members: SAVE $10-$25 off Holiday Gift Memberships.


Give a WAAAM Holiday Gift Membership to those you like and love: to family, to your boss, employees, clients, to the kids teachers, your mail man and hairdresser. 


A WAAAM Membership makes a great gift!

It is green, it gives all year, and it supports 

something you believe in - WAAAM. 


This Membership Benefit is only available until December 20th, 2011

Limit of 5 gift membership per member.





Here is how it works.

Pay Online with Paypal, call, fax or mail form (below)


1) This offer open only to current members!  If you are not a current member, you can still buy a membership right now so you don't miss out!  (Your membership is at regular price.) Call or go to our web page


 2) Choose to give a Holiday Gift Membership:

You may buy online, by phone, mail or in person.


Buy Now

  Single* Gift Membership for just $40.00 

  Regular price $50  (Save $10)


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Family Gift Membership** for just $75.00

  Regular price $75  (Save $25)  




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  • Gift Message 
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4) Holiday Gift Memberships offer full membership benefits and 

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