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May  2012  Newsletter

Director's Update


Judy Newman

Judy Newman

Museum Director

Happy May Day.

Do you remember running to the neighbors house or maybe to grandmas and sneaking down the driveway to hang a basket of flowers on the doorknob.... ringing the bell and waiting just long enough to get caught before running off? Boy did the milk and cookies taste good. A nice treat for doing something kind.



Three more families did somthing nice for WAAAM this last month.  All gave knowing we are really something special here and that WAAAM will continue to provide a "living" connection with our past transportation heritage.


Shirley Smith of Rufus, OR donated a 1969 Starduster One 

airplane her late husband flew. This plane named " Miss Echo"  was built and flown by Glen Coons in the Reno Air Race in '69. Volunteer mechanics and pilots are putting the finishing touches on a fresh annual inspection required by the FAA before flight. We are planning on having this little bi-wing craft out on display during the Second Saturday in June as it is not much bigger than the featured remote controls that will be demonstrated that day. After WAAAM gets this little bird airborne the decision will be made as to how it will best benefit the museum.


Dave & Marilyn Elkins of Lyle, WA  donated a 1931 Model A Roadster that will be a great driver for the museum once our volunteers touch up a few things and assemble this little beauty


Daniel Bacthelor of Baker City, OR swooped in out of thin air and just donated what is currently our 77th airplane in the WAAAM Collection, A 1959 Callair A6, already on the ramp at the Hood River Airport where it had been a glider tow plane, was made for crop dusting so it is a bit odd looking with an offset cockpit and a hopper to the otherside. Our plans for this plane are still up in the air. It may be a tow plane for the museums gliders, a educational display that visitors could get in and explore the controls or maybe it will be incorporated into our future road sign.


These are some of the many donations received by WAAAM each year. Some are artifacts, large or small, some are used for trade or resale to raise money for fuel, oil and maintaining these items. Others give of money, time and services. 


Thank you to all who believe in the spirit of  WAAAM and for your donations and support. 


Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman  





Memorial Day is the theme of this Second Saturday day of action.

Military Jeeps and Airplanes will be displayed and operated along with the Boeing Model 40, Curtiss Robin, Stearman C3B & WACO RNF. These crafts are aiming to fly about 10 am! It is an ordeal to get this old stuff cranked up... come see what the fuss is all about.


'45 Willies MB


 You won't want to miss this Second Saturday of May!


A Book Signing by author David Eilers of "Finding Virginia", a story about family, love and a passion for Jeeps!  


 Museum is open 9-5

Second Saturday Special Event  10-2

Lunch is served from  11-1:30


See you soon!  


The WAAAM Traffic Jam   

1st Annual Car Show and Cruise-In 


  Traffic Jam Oct 12 & 13  

 Here is the Scoop on the

Traffic Jam:
Oct 12 & 13, 2012


Show Your Car Registration $25
    Includes: 2-2 day admissions
to the
WAAAM Air & Auto Museum 
Friday Evening  Cruise the      Town, Drive-in Movie 
Saturday Car Show , Music
and more...
Awards, food, demos, friends, and fun 
Early Regisrtation helps us plan so we will make it worth your while if you pony up your registration fee ahead of time.
Just $20


Your car must be 30 years old to display.

We have room for "Hundreds of Cars"  so don't miss this

last of the season car event.

Email TrafficJam@WAAAMuseum.org 

 for info, volunteer opportunities and early registration  

or call Glenn 509-308-1161 


Paul Antunes Volunteer has done it again!

Another great poster for a sure to be knockout event in October. 


Bring your car club. Come with a friend.

Mark your calendar. 

It is going to be a blast!

  FlyBy News


  We have an upcoming FlyBy to report.


The WAAAM Museum is supporting its neighboring MaryHill Museum's dedication ceremony of their mult- million dollar expansion project with a four plane FlyBy.


Visitors to Maryhill Museum will be dazzled by this aerial display of vintage aeroplanes, all created in the era between the dedication and opening of MaryHill as a museum.


Boeing 40 in the moonlightThe line-up includes the one and only 1928 Boeing 40, flown by owner Addison Pemberton, a 1929 Curtiss Robin piloted by owner Dick Pengry.   The 1928 Stearman C3B  and 1931  Waco RNF both owned by WAAAM will be flown by museum volunteers Lee Borchers & Ben Davidson. This is going to be an exciting day.


These pilots will take their birds over Hood River, up the gorge to Maryhill, making a few  overhead passes and return over the Gorge to the Hood River Airport.


The Boeing 40, a peoples favorite at the WAAAM Museum, will proceed on its planned tour of other airshow events around the Northwest and return at the 2012 Fly-In September.

Being the only flying aircraft of its kind left in the world creates a bit of excitement when it arrives. It will then 'winter over' in hanger M1 as it has in the past.


All of this happens on " Second Saturday" in May. Planes leave about 11 am...come early and watch what it takes to get these aeroplanes flying...




The excitement is also growing over another  'original, one of its kind'  being reconstructed in the WAAAM restoration hanger.


Stearman & Murphy
Murphy & Model 70 Engine

As has been reported in past issues, Director of Restorations, Tom Murphy is making progress on the Stearman 70, the prototype plane created by Stearman himself.

The fabric stitching  has begun for the skin! Murphy reports project progress is on target. 


Historic Roll Out will be during this years Hood River Fly-In.


Murphy's goal is to take it to the EAA Air Venture show. The word is out that it will be making the flight to Oshkosh WI in 2013. This plane will make vintage aviation news when it debuts.


Education at the Museum




Two youth WAAAM Camp sessions are planned this year.

The four day class sessions are :


 WAAAM Aviation Camp (8 - 12 years old)

 June 25th-28th


WAAAM Summer Flight Camp (13-16 years old)

 August 13th-16th



Class times  9am - 12pm.


  Cost is $110 per student 


 Sign ups are through the Hood River Community Education Program at this link  WAAAM CAMP INFO  or
Call Hood River Community Education




Model T Driving School is scheduled once again! 


Three days are on the calendar this year and each one day class will be filled with history, mechanics and driving. 


Class Dates are June 23rd, July 28th, and August 25th


The class vehicles are a

1923 and a 1925 Ford  Model T, 

popularly referred to as 'Tin Lizzys'


Class size is limited to 10. Students of previous classes are welcomed to attend as a 'redo' at a discounted tuition rate.


Class Fees : $150 General

                      $125 Members

                      $  75 Active Volunteer


Redo Fees   $  50 General

                      $  25 Members

                      $  20 Active Volunteer


Classes are  9am till 3pm or maybe a bit longer. 

Lunch is included.


1600 Air Museum Rd, just off Tucker Rd. Hood River, OR.


Email Donna@WAAAMuseum.org  for early registration.


Mark your calendar.

(A great Mother's or Father's Day gift)





About three years ago Joan Benedict noticed a job needed doing. Data entry of the membership roles, records of donations and in-kind contributions, inventories of museum displays; everything coming and going through the museum needed to be tracked and recorded.


Using Past Perfect software, Joan has worked increasing hours each month to stay on top of all these spheres. Joan and her husband retired to Hood River a few years ago.  And volunteering at WAAAM has been a rewarding experience for her.


But the growth of the Museum and its activities indicates an increasing pace of the duties she has assumed. She is therefor putting out the call for a partner in this ongoing project. Familiarity with Past Perfect is not necessary. Joan will train a willing volunteer. Ideally, someone with data entry background will step forward.


Joan Benedict can be reached through the museum. Or you can find her at the museum on Thursdays doing her always excellent work for WAAAM. 


Car Corner   


Two new additions to the automobile collection were made  by Phil and Judy Jensen and are on display in Hangar M2.



Keizer and Chevy

A 1938 Chevy two door sedan painted cream with beautiful detailing.


 A 1950 Kaiser Virginian painted a striking coral tint.




 Old and new motorhomesApril's Second Saturday  brought Russ Paddock and his Model TT Truck, 1924, with camper mounted.

A beautiful restoration enjoyed by the growing number of Second Saturday visitor crowd




The  WAAAM booth at the Portland Swap meet 1912 INDIAN MOTORCYCLEproved a successful effort. The 1912 Indian motorcycle was on display promoting the WAAAM Traffic Jam, Hood River fly-In and the museum's display was likely responsible for the Sunday surge in visitors.  Volunteers that manned the booth included  Threasa and Glenn Whitcom, Paul Antunes, Ray Splinter, Donna and Ben Davidson.



News, Pictures and your Interesting Stories



Contact Susan Tunno when you have a great picture to share  or a story about what you have seen at WAAAM. 


We love visitor comments!  


E mail me Susantunno@gmail.com

Issue 5 - 2012
Director Update
Second Saturday
Volunteer Spotlight
Car Corner
Museum Guide
Wish List
What's New
Membership Info.
May 12
Second Saturday:
Military: Jeeps, Planes 
  + Boeing 40 to Fly 
   around 10am


May 19th & 20th
Pear & Wine  Fest
June 9
Second Saturday:
*Radio Controled
Planes & Cars Demonstration
*Happy Birthday to our
100 Year Old Vehicles


June 23
Model T Driving School
Includes lunch


June 25- 28
ages 8-12
Aviation camp for kids


July 14th
Second Saturday:
Steam Cars,
Hit and miss engines, Women in Aviation
and Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart


July 14

Antique Auto Tour 

Through the Twin Tunnels


July 28
Model T Driving School 9am-3pm
includes lunch


August  11
Second Saturday:
Motorcycles... A rally
We are going to ride
the old Indian


August 13-16
Aviation camp for teens
ages 13-16


August 25
Model T Driving School
Includes lunch


September 8th & 9th
Second Saturday.. and Sunday too! 
Annual Hood River Fly-In


October  12th & 13th
Second Saturday: 
WAAAM Traffic Jam-
The Car Show 
 November  10th 
Second Saturday:
Dare Devil Tom Murphy Speaks of
Flight off Hotel,
Restoring the Jenny
and the Model 70

2012 Fly-In Poster


Designed by Hood River graphic artist and WAAAM Volunteer
Paul Antunes

Thank you! we had a wonderful time. The kids LOVED the play area!
Thank you for having this in Oregon!

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Musem Guide  

for  Aircraft

Now Available 

Museum Guide- Aircraft  

Now  for sale in the giftshop. Just $7.95


Edited by Museum Coordinator Ken Olsson 


Wish List

Help Wanted


Event coordinator Glenn Whitcomb  in need of helpers for this event.

 Please contact him at



Got time? 

 Joan Benedict needs data entry help.

Call her cell:



Got Skills?

Our Replica Wright Brothers wind tunnel is in need of a sheetmetal shroud to finish it up. Please help by contacting

 Ken @WAAAMuseum.org

Got parts? 

We are in need of both rear fenders and four wood wheels for a Model T.

1919-1925 years are the same parts and will work perfectly for our exibition

Tin Lizzy.

E-mail or call

Donna or Andy


Service Flags
We are working to improve the Veterans Display by Armed Forces & Memorial Day the 28th.  This is a  display of Campaign & Service banners & flags hanging on the south wall above the Military Collection.   At this time, we are missing several items and are seeking donations of the follow items:


1. 3x5 Coast Guard flag
Thanks to Doug Davee for a cash donation to pur-chase this flag!


2. 3x5 Navy flag
3. 3x5 Merchant Marine flag
4. 3x5 WWII Campaign flag

Pease contact:  
Perry Richards  








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