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March   2012  Newsletter

Director's Update 

Judy Newman

Judy Newman

Museum Director


I can't believe that it is time for the March Newsletter already. Just goes to show that time flies when you are having fun and that is something we all seem to do at  WAAAM along with a lot of hard work. Our volunteers are keeping our museum in the best shape that it has been ; with Dick, Ross & Perry plus the car guys.


My thanks to all volunteers who work so hard and make my job easy.   We have lots of visitors who comment on how friendly and helpful we are at this museum and that they really feel welcome.  WAAAM  has become known as being user friendly, kids and all.  


This is a BIG Year with it being the (5) five year anniversary of the official opening of the museum.  So we need to get ready for the birthday party at the Fly-In.  Also, it will be a retirement party for Tom Murphy, our Director of Restorations.  That doesn't mean that Tom will be leaving the area, but just spending time on some of his own projects, doing some part time for the museum and maybe even out playing a little more in his float plane.  The Model 70  Stearman  will be finished & flying which will make a fantastic Birthday event for  WAAAM. 


We have it on the calendar! A car event for WAAAM.

" The WAAAM Traffic Jam" is scheduled for the Second Saturday of October". We are still in the planning stages but we are well under way with Traffic Jam chairman Glenn Whitcolm of the Tri Cities bringing his experience and entusiasm. We will keep you posted!


The NW Aviation Conference held in Puyallup, WA the last weekend of February really helped spread the word about WAAAM. We had a booth there manned by a plethora a volunteers, please read about that in the side bar.  


Many thanks for the generous donation by Meadow Outdoor Advertising the billboard, read about that below. 


              WAAAM is wonderful because you care.  


Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman 

Voted Best of the Gorge
The January issue of Gorge Guide, the official visitor guide of the Columbia River Gorge,  sent WAAAM its notification for winning the  Best of the Gorge 2011 Best Museum category.


Best of the Gorge - Museum 2011The Press Release informs us " Your organization has been voted a Best of the Gorge 2011 Winner by visitors to BestoftheGorge.com, a part of the Gorge Guide.


2012 Voting has begun



Best Attraction and Best Museum are two places to start and remember to check out the list and see all the Gorge has to offer. 

Congratulations to all the Best of the Gorge Winners.   

  FlyBy News


The next time you are flying westbound down Interstate I-84 in The Dalles, OR area you will be greeted by a beautiful 12' X 24" billboard promoting a visit to WAAAM.


Trampus Bringman
delivers the news to WAAAM

Meadow Outdoor Advertising's owner and general manager Chris Zukin graciously made this donation after one of his team, Trampus Bringman visited WAAAM and was impressed with what what he found - right here in his back yard!


"This is huge for us, with a company like Meadow Outdoor Advertising believing in this museum, the sky is the limit" says director Judy Newman.


The billboard leads visitors off of the Interstate and then our brown historical signs lead them about 4 miles through town and countryside to see that the city and county of Hood River has much to offer.

The graphic features our antique Bird and Chevy racing car. Bringman - pictured with a miniature billboard in hand, headed the team that got the ball rolling for WAAAM.


Our many THANKS for this gift. 




March is Motorcycle Madness


Spring is around the corner. Time to start Riding! The museum's collection of  31 motorcycles will be the focus of this month's Second Saturday special events.


Local collector John Stanley, whose extensive collection is on display at  WAAAM,  will give a talk on  the intricacies of motorcycle design.  The museum's collection includes:  Indian, Harley Davidson,  Douglas, AJS, Velocette and more. 


 Museum open 9-5

Second Saturday special events  10-2

Lunch is served  in Hangar M2  from  11-1:30


Visitors are welcome to come with their motorcycles.   

Good weather will bring out a few treasures for a spin 'round the black top. 


See you there!  

Education at the Museum


Horizon Students Lend a Hand to WAAAM


The young people of today have great enthusiasm. Two are sharing their passions with WAAAM.

Daniel Kempf and Scott Halliday
Daniel Kempf and
Scott Halliday.


By combining requirements for a school class and taking on a much needed project at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Daniel Kempf and Scott Halliday are moving their lives forward and helping WAAAM at the same time.


Both Daniel and Scott attend the Horizon Christian School in Hood River, OR. As seniors they are taking a Job Shadow Class. This class is designed to introduce students to careers in areas of which they have an interest, passion and dreams. With Scott's career focus on history and Daniels' interest in aeronautics and aviation, WAAAM is a good fit.


For the museum, these seniors are compiling a catalog with pictures, facts and stories that will be sold in the gift shop, used in the WAAAM iPhone App and for future narrative tours. Their focus for this project is the military collection of jeeps, aircraft, uniforms and arms. 

"The research Halliday and Kempf are doing is huge for moving WAAAM forward. Each person willing to give time and energy to further the mission of education and of keeping these artifacts alive is priceless. We love the young people involved here, they bring fresh ideas and excitement to old things" says Museum Director Judy Newman.

If your school is interested in having students put what they know to work and who show an interest in community volunteering, let us know, we will be glad to work together to benefit all.

Contact: Donna Davidson 541-308-1600 


Car Corner   


The 1916 Dodge Roadster two door red convertible, a part of the museum's permanent collection, was donated by  Gary and Sally Jenkins of Colorado

1916 Dodge Brothers Roadster with
donors Sally and Gary Jenkins

 Upon arrival last year,  the volunteers  tuned her up and she runs like a gem. For being nearly 100 years old, this DB is a real treat to show off!


This vehicle sports its original Oregon license plate. The donor thought it appropriate that its final resting place be a museum in Oregon.


Jenkins says " I searched on-line for a museum of antique vehicles to donate this to and WAAAM seemed the best place.  My wife has historical family roots in the Hood River area and its original owner was her father. I was gifted the vehicle through his estate heirs, and  the Oregon license plate records that it was purchased in Oregon, which makes it a full circle."

WAAAM  paraded this beauty in the  December 2011 Holiday Parade in Hood River and displayed it at the NW Aviation conference in Puyallup, WA last month and is on display in Hanger M1.





Varied and mysterious are the backgrounds of the eclectic individuals who walk through the museum doors and offer their talents.

Perry Richards  
developing the Women in Aviation displays.

Perry  Richards could be  described as the 'accidental volunteer'.  Growing up in Burbank, California, surrounded by people employed in the Hollywood studio business, set builders and  graphic designers, Perry majored in graphic arts and worked professionally in commercial printing.


His experiences creating graphic presentations to design firms honed is visual arts and lay-out skills. Perry's personal passion is embedded in the  road via the Model 356 Porsche.  Perry's 1964 Model 356 has shared his life for 45 years. "I courted in it, honeymooned in it."


Accustomed to the camaraderie of fellow 356 travelers, plentiful in Seattle, Perry found the Gorge lacking.  He then formed his own sports car club and brought  his group to the first fly-in opening of WAAAM five years ago. The All Vintage Sports Car Group embraces a range of makes and models. The club attended the first WAAAM Fly-In five years ago.


Perry explains, "The traditional Model 356 club represents 1948-1965 Porsche only. But I could only find 6 of us in Hood River. There are about 50 in Portland and 150 in Seattle for example. Expanding the scope of the club has created a viable group.  We meet twice a month."


While cognizant of the engineering and design similarities shared by his beloved Porsche and airplanes ...'Airplanes are air cooled just like a Porsche and Ferdinand Porsche built the Volkswagen opposed engine, the same principle as aviation opposed engines'... Perry's connections with aviation were connected to his wife's career as stewardess for United Airlines and his mother-in-law's service as a  WASP in  World War II.


His focus on women in aviation was heightened in March 2010 when all 1,120 Women Air Force were given a Congressional  Gold Medal in recognition of their history of service.


He organized some historical materials and created a mock-up display proposal for WAAAM -- an accidental volunteer is born.


Perry's background skills set was immediately seized upon and that first project now heads a growing resume of presentations seen in Hangar M1 and M2, and the connecting passage way space.


His personal interest in highlighting the regional women of aviation history engaged his focus towards polishing the Melba Beard presentation  which accompanies her Bi-plane (see photo), expanding the Northwest Chapter of the 99's presentation, of which Museum Director Judy Newman is a member, and pulling together all of the various pieces of aviatrix history from the museum archives.


Perry takes satisfaction in ..."taking a pile of stuff and making it into something that communicates, is interesting, and tells a story."


All of the museum's display cases are now filled and organized into a professional museum presentation. The uniforms and flying attire collection keeps expanding and Perry expressed the continuing need for wardrobe display props, mannequins, and display cases. Donations of materials in these areas will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you Perry. You help make WAAAM Wonderful!


Issue 3 - 2012
Director Update
Voted Best
Second Saturday
Car Corner
Volunteer Spotlight
Visitor Quote
March 10
Second Saturday
Motorcycle  Madness 


April 14
Second Saturday
May 12
Second Saturday
Military: Jeeps, Planes, 
Boeing 40 Flys


May 19th & 20th
Pear & Wine  Fest
June 9
Second Saturday

July 14
Second Saturday

August  11
      Second Saturday
Fall Ride In
September 8th & 9th
 Hood River Annual
Fly - In
Second Saturday
October  12th & 13th
WAAAM Traffic Jam-
The Car Event 
Second Saturday 

My family celebrated birthdays at your museum.  This is educational as well as fun for all ages.  This was an all day event. Thankyou,
The Lambert Family.  

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Spreading the Word


WAAAM was once again invited to participate in the NW Aviation Conference in Puyallup WA in Feburary.


WAAAM trailered the 1916 Dodge Brothers and the Kid Kopter to the event.


This was the 4th year that volunteers joined together to share with other aviation enthusiet just what we have here at WAAAM by taking the show on the road.


Volunteers Shelley and Dan Lubbers, Donna and Ben Davidson, Joe Deem,  Jo and Brandon Masterson along with the Museum Director Judy Newman spent the last weekend of the month talking about the collection to thousands of visitors to the BIG trade show 


"It was as fun to introduce the museum to new people as it was to hear many vistiors exclain "We love WAAAM!" These visitors would start telling others at the booth that they MUST go see what is in the big hangars." says Jo Masterson

Ben Davidson started the show off right by driving the little car into the event hall and tooting the horn. That got alot of attention.


The Kid Koper was a huge hit. Not only for the youngsters but as a conversation piece.  


Many thanks to the NW Aviation Conference. We know what it takes to put on a big event and appreciate the efforts to keep the love of flying alive. 





Wine is here!

With our  OLCC permit in place to sell wine and beer, the museum gift shop  is offering a selection of wines produced in Prosser, Washington by Airfield Estates. The conveniently named winery produces a red blend they call Aviator . A white wine they call Lightning. Check out the Bombshell Red too.
Airfield Estates Wine 
The project:  A customized design label for WAAAM representing cars and planes is still in progress. Contributions of design ideas are still welcome,  please send to Dave Elkins


WAAAM iPhone App -Screen Shots 


Keep History Alive Using Your iPhone!


The iPhone app is FREE so please download it today!


Want to be involved in the APP updates? We could use your help! Email: Donna@WAAAMuseum.org




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