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January 2012  Newsletter

The Year in Review



Bucking the trend of most non-profits, WAAAM experienced great leaps  forward in 2011. Director Judy Newman reports " This was a good year for us. Up 2% overall."


Attendance increased with 60% now coming from out of area, and 10% from out of country. Newman attributes this trend to the impact  of Google Ad Words. For the second year Google has donated advertising to WAAAM.


The resulting heightened awareness of this museum generated major magazine articles, notably War Birds 8 page layout on the L Bird Collection. (The museum's total airplane collection numbers 75) and the Automobile Collector 's   6 page layout highlighting  the wide span of the automotive collection now comprising 124 automobiles, 31 motorcycles, 10 Jeeps, 5 tractors. 

Judy 12/23
Director Judy Newman.



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More than 150 Aircraft flew in to the 5th of the Annual Hood River Fly-Ins sponsored by the museum. Every year the Fly In is held at the end of summer, the weekend after Labor day. Mark your calendar.


What is in the works for 2012? Our goals are ambitious and broad, a testament to confidence going forward. Judy Newman listed a new museum sign as an immediate need. Newman says that "the sign out front is actually the original construction site sign-- a painted piece of plywood". The museum is seeking design ideas  for a an attractive all metal sign reflecting WAAAM's world class collection.

The Airway Beacon is in need of restoration. That is on the list to get operating again as it did in the Gorge in the 20's and 30's.


WAAAM has on our wish list for  2012  a 3rd museum display building dedicated exclusively to the automobiles. This will free up needed space in Museum Hangar 1 and 2. Not needing runway access it can be located on vacant land towards the street front of the museum. New auto related fundraising events will be developed to further this goal.


*Second Saturdays will continue. And the WAAAM camp for kids will be repeated with an adult WAAAM camp added.


*Model T Classes were a success &  will be repeated in 2012.


*Our 1st Ever Car Event is in the planning stages. New Volunteers have stepped forward to chair the upcoming exibition. We will keep you posted when the date gets set. Want to help? e mail donna@waaamuseum.org



June 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of thde 1912 Silas Christofferson's  Curtiss Pusher stunt -- flying it from the top of the Multnomah Hotel and landing at Pearson Airpark.

WAAAM will be supporting the Pearson Airpark  Museum's commemorative celebration of this event in local aviation history. Details of this event will be posted in future newsletters. Stay tuned.


"The first airway light beacon began operating December 7, 1926.  The beacon erected by the Aeronoautics Branch of the Department of Commerce was 15 miles NE of Moline, IL on the Chicago-to-Dallas air mail route.  By June 30, 1927 there were 4,121 miles of lighted airways including 2,041 miles on the transcontinental airway perviously operated by the Post Office Department."  Historical moment contributed by Ken Olsson, Museum Coordinator          



 Photo above and right is our aviation beacon positioned at the entrance to the museum. It awaits restoration funding and was decorated with Christmas lights for the season, a beacon for holiday visitors.





The WAAAM treated its Second Sataurday visitors to some "new traditions" which will surely be welcomed additions to Christmas times future.

Holiday week visitors were offered a Professional photo with Santa aboard a 1920 American LaFrance Fire Truck, owned by Hood River Fire Department and on loan to the museum. Many thanks to Photograpy by Nicholas of Hood River 


    The Grinch, played by volunteer Gary Fisher, was on hand with his sleigh pulled by two carousel horses. Previously sighted in the Hood River Holiday Parade with a compliment of antique vehicles from the museum, the Grinch lurked about the museum hangars grimacing for photos.

    Live demonstrations added fun and interest for museum visitors. Master aircraft restorer Tom Murphy created a miniature airfoil (wing) and used it to demonstrate the structural composition of an antique wing and the process of applying the skin including shrinking and stitching.

    The museum continues to develop and expand its educational programs offered throughout the year.

Andy Anderson & Peggy Sue


Museum volunteer Andy Anderson provided visitors a live demonstration of the art and craft of carousel horse creation and restoration. On display his latest creation named Peggy Sue, a pegasus horse, an appropriate symbol for a museum dedicated to the age of horse power and flying.


January 8th Second Saturday Starts the New Year Here.


 Our Second Saturday are still going strong, and will continue all winter long!. Activities do adjust for the weather but we always have something new to share. 


Come get your walk in among the two acres of indoor artifacts!

Museum open 9-5

Second Saturday specials 10-2

Lunch is served 11-1


Good weather will bring out a few treasures.

Stop by to See and Learn

Volunteer Spotlight

 Introducing Mike Maguire


     Fortunately for WAAAM some very special people walk through the museum doors and volunteer.  Meet Mike Maguire, transplanted one year ago from Hawaii to the Gorge, a valued member of the volunteer crew.

     Mike MaguireMike recalls the moment when a friend, informed of his planned move to the Gorge, exlaimed "you should be a docent at WAAAM." And Mike's response was "what is a docent?"

     And so it began. Mike's background includes helicopter pilot, motor cycle collector, plant and soil sciences and a life long fascination with history, specifically the historical and cultural relationships between man and his machines.

     Mike explaines, " When I was collecting motor cycles I made it a goal to acquire something from every culture or nationality that was manufacturing them--Japanese, Italian, USA, German and British. It is fascinating how each one approached the problem of creating a two wheeled vehicle that propels itself in uniquely different ways".

     WAAAM has benefited from Mike's skills with problem solving, mechanical repair and restoration. One of the first things he fixed was the museum's player piano.

   He describes the museum's collection as "amazing in its size, scope and quality". And he enjoys greeting visitors and sharing his insights on the collection.

    "One of the most interesting things is not the items but the people behind the invention of the objects".

    Mike Maguire plans on continueing his contributions to WAAAM's success, and is expecially looking forward to the completion of restoration project currently at hand -- the original Model 70 prototype Stearman. 

The Maguires, Mike and his lovely wife Annie, have a daughter who lives in Ohio and two grandchildren Hanna and Jeramiah. Jeramiah just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan as a Marine. Please join us in thanking this young man for his service. We know Mike is a very proud grandfather.


Thankyou Mike for helping make WAAAM wonderful.

Issue 1 - 2012
In This Issue
Great Leaps
Peggy Sue
Second Saturday Lives
Volunteer Spotlight
Mark Your Calendar
Visitor Quote
YouTube & WAAAM
Calendar of Events


New Years Day



January 1
Closed today
Happy New Year
January 14
Second Saturday
WAAAM 1st ever Car Event
Date to be determined.
Febuary 11th
Second Saturday
Feb 25th & 26th
See you at the
NW Aviation Conference
March 10
Second Saturday
April 14
Second Saturday
May 12
Second Saturday
May 19th & 20th
Pear & Wine  Fest
June 9
Second Saturday
July 14
Second Saturday
August  11
Second saturday
September 8th & 9th
 Hood River Annual
Fly - In
Visitor Quote  
One of the greatest museums we have ever been in. Thank you, Terry Brandt, for sharing your dreams with the public,
 Jerry & Becky, Fresno California.~~~


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