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,
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.
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
The WAAAM Traffic Jam
1st Annual Car Show and Cruise-In
Here is the Scoop on the
Oct 12 & 13, 2012
Show Your Car Registration $25
Includes: 2-2 day admissions
WAAAM Air & Auto Museum
Friday Evening Cruise the Town, Drive-in Movie
Saturday Car Show , Music
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
|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)
WAAAM Summer Flight Camp (13-16 years old)
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
$ 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)
DATA ENTRY JOB KEEPS GROWING
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.
Two new additions to the automobile collection were made by Phil and Judy Jensen and are on display in Hangar M2.
A 1938 Chevy two door sedan painted cream with beautiful detailing.
A 1950 Kaiser Virginian painted a striking coral tint.
April'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 proved 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
Military: Jeeps, Planes
+ Boeing 40 to Fly
May 19th & 20th
Pear & Wine Fest
Planes & Cars Demonstration
*Happy Birthday to our
100 Year Old Vehicles
Model T Driving School
June 25- 28
Aviation camp for kids
Hit and miss engines, Women in Aviation
and Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart
Antique Auto Tour
Through the Twin Tunnels
Model T Driving School 9am-3pm
Motorcycles... A rally
We are going to ride
the old Indian
Aviation camp for teens
Model T Driving School
September 8th & 9th
Second Saturday.. and Sunday too!
Annual Hood River Fly-In
October 12th & 13th
Second Saturday: WAAAM Traffic Jam-
The Car Show
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
Thank you! we had a wonderful time. The kids LOVED the play area!
Thank you for having this in Oregon!
Now for sale in the giftshop. Just $7.95
Edited by Museum Coordinator Ken Olsson
WAAAM TRAFFIC JAM
Event coordinator Glenn Whitcomb in need of helpers for this event.
Please contact him at
Joan Benedict needs data entry help.
Call her cell:
Our Replica Wright Brothers wind tunnel is in need of a sheetmetal shroud to finish it up. Please help by contacting
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
E-mail or call
Donna or Andy
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
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Want to be involved in the APP updates? We could use your help! Email: Donna@WAAAMuseum.org
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