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July  2012  Newsletter


Director's Update  


Judy Newman

Judy Newman

Museum Director

The summer has taken us by storm here at WAAAM. We have many exciting things to share with you. It really is time you to visit again. We look forward to seeing you and sharing what is new to us.


 Happy 4th of July to you.I hope you will enjoy the day and celebrate this great country full of wonderful people.    



On Independence Day, WAAAM  will be foremost in the Hood River Parade providing the Tsureta  Sisiter City visitors will the ride of their lives in our Antique Automobiles.  

Look for these beautiful cars and our wonderful WAAAM Volunteers:   

1923 Locomobile (Charlie Chaplin had one)

1928 Dodge Brothers Victory Six   

1929 Packard Model 640 Super 8 Phaeton

1930 Model A 

See you at 10am on the 4th  Give us a shout!  


WAAAM will take to the skies with a few antique aircraft as the parade begins too.  


All three beautiful antique WACO bi-planes have made it to WAAAM. This impressive gift along with 4 antique sailplanes are part of a Million Dollar Plus donation by Jerry and Sonja Wenger. Along with the aircraft, the Wengers had donated the funding to keep the WACOs flying for the next 10 years! Each airplane will have a 25 hour budget, annual inspection maintenance fund. the flights will be by volunteer pilots.   

1929 WACO Taperwing,  1932 WACO UBF, 1935 WACO YPF-6

1939 Slinsby T6 Kite, 1939 Slinsby T13 Petrel, 1951 Dittmar Heini Condor lV and a Rhonbussard.  

Here are a few links about the newest collection to wet your whistle:


1932 WACO UBF  


Vintage Sail Planes


1908 Stanley Steamer Model K Raceabout. This is such a beautiful car. In 1908 the modern car was barely modern. On Loan from Bob Ullrich, who will be demonstrating this auto during the July Second Saturday. You have got to see this one!  


A Russell Steam Tractor is calling WAAAM home now! It was built in 1908 and produces 10 horse power. Many times a entire community would pool there money to purchase a steam tractor.

Want to know more about Russells? Click HERE 

On Loan from Don Timmons and family. They will be operating the Russell on July 14 here at WAAAM - See a picture in the WAAAM Camp section 


The WACOs have been up and about since their arrival in Hood Kid pilot costume and UBFRiver. Volunteer Ben Davidson has flown the ATO to the Olympia Airshow and the UBF to the Richland, WA Fly-In. " These aircraft draw in a lot of attention and it is fun to share the story of the plane and the museum. With this gift from the Wengers we will be able to attend a few more Fly-Ins" say Davidson

more great photos https://www.facebook.com/PHOTOGRAPHYbyNICHOLAS.WAAAM 


A Fresh Annul Inspection has begun on our 1938 Piper J3P as a few WAAAM volunteer get ready to fly this rare bird on Second Saturday.in July.  This is the 75th anniversary of the popular J3 model aircraft but our has a 3 cylinder Lenape Papoose powered radial engine! It is one of only two left flying in the world.    

A Fresh Annual for the 1938 J3P. Ben Davidson and Bill Avolio have volunteered to get the J3P ready, Ben will be involved in getting the plane to Oshkosh, WI for the huge EAA Air Venture Fly-In where WAAAM will be center stage for the "Vintage In Review" program scheduled for 11:00 am Tuesday July 23rd.  



Second Saturdays continue to be a great success

July 14th is a Second Saturday full of action. 



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



Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman  



STEAM CARS and a Steam Tractor. Hit & Miss Engines Wait there is more...  


Always happening on Second Saturday...


* Visitors touring the museum

* Visitors getting rides in antique automobiles

* Visiting airplanes coming and going

* WAAAM airplanes rolled out, started up & flown-  

* Lunch being served.


Extra in July..

 * Steam, Steam,Steam. What does it take to get a steam powered car or tractor going? What exactly is a hit and miss engine?  Come on over. See & Learn.


1908 Russell Steam Tractor. 

The new to WAAAM 1908 Russel Stream Tractor will be on display and operating. huffing and puffing around the museum grounds.



1908 Stanley St...er Model KSee the rare 1908 Stanley Steamer Model K racing Automobile. Now calling WAAAM home.  


* Women in Aviation: come see and learn. Women Fly too!

* Happy Birthday Amelia.
Amelia's birthday month marks our salute to Women in Aviation. Join us for Cake after a yummy hamburger for lunch 

* Hear the mighty roar from the 1938 J3P Cub as we get all 50 horses wound up and ready to fly. Hang around long enough and you may see what it takes to disassemble this little plane and pack it in a trailer. Soon it will bee flying the Skies of Wisconsin for the EAA Air Venture.



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


 Museum is open 9-5

Second Saturday Special Event  10-2

Lunch is served from  11-1:30


See you soon! 



     Volunteer Spotlight      

    Meet the Andersons


Jean and Andy Anderson These two are in and out of WAAAM many times a week. Oh sure they have a regular four hour shift weekly but something about this place makes them pop in to lend a hand over and over.  


Jean was a volunteer at Westside Elementary School for about 10 years before coming over to WAAAM to volunteer when the museum opened.  She worked with 2nd graders and helped with reading and math. In May of 2009 she was Volunteer of the Year for the Hood River County School District.  


Andy was born and raised in Marianna, Pennsylvania a long time ago.  After volunteering and serving 3 years in the Army Military Police in Germany, he traveled across the country to San Jose, California to meet with his childhood neighbor Jean. Andy, Jean and family moved from San Jose to Hood River in 1969, He worked and retired from Sprint in 1995 after 26 years.  Andy has a total of 39 years in the telephone industry.


The Andersons have been married for 55 years.  During that

time, they have been able to travel extensively.  As Jean puts

it, "we have almost been around the world going to so many

countries like China/Tibet and Russia but Germany being the favorite country, we have been there 4 times !  Lots of good memories and experiences."   Now Jean and Andy are finding that River Cruises are the way to go .....


Being from Pennsylvania originally, the couple has crossed

our great country by trailer, by plane and by car ... having a

daughter and her family in Texas, they are exploring the

Southern part of our country more extensively.

These two folks have 5 grandsons ranging in age from 18-28 and

a granddaughter 24 years old. Also a bonus a great grandson! Yep they are busy. 


Their commitment to WAAAM is to get young people involved in volunteering and learning about the antique autos and planes.  Andy really enjoys working on the antique cars in the museum. He is instrumental in the restoration of the 1919 Model T Ambulance that is going on now and they own a few autos that are on display at WAAAM.  They share their love of these antiques with the community as they are often seen in the local parades and out driving during the Second Saturdays at WAAAM. Jean runs heard on the front end greeting visitors and supports Andy in his restoration project.  


Thank you, Jean and Andy. You help make WAAAM Wonderful!



The WAAAM Traffic Jam   

1st Annual Car Show and Cruise-In 

You are invite and please help spread the word! 

  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 Registration 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 and 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!

Museum Learning for the  

Young & Young at Heart 




WAAAM Summer Flight Camp (13-16 years old)

 August 13th-16th

   Class times 9a-12p   ---   Cost is $110 per student  


2012 class one group shot

Picture left: is the 2012 WAAAM CAMPERS ( age 8-12) that completed

their week learning about aviation. Here they are during a tour to the Restoration Hangar. Where the class was introduced to master aircraft restorer Tom Murphy. they also were able to get his autograph as Murphy is the Daredevil pilot how flew the Pusher off the Portland hotel roof in 1995 

Sign ups are through the Hood River Community Education Program at this link  
Call Hood River Community Education # 541-387-5098 


Model T Driving School  

You know want to do it... come on over  


Only two class dates are still available this year so don't miss out on the one day class will be filled with history, mechanics and driving. 


 Open Class Dates are  July 28th and August 25th


The class vehicles are a

Really? Check the oil like this?
Really? This is how you check the oil? 

1923 and a 1925 Ford  Model T, 

popularly referred to as 'Tin Lizzy'


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

2012 Model T School Class One
Yep I will take you for a ride. How do i get this Lizzy rolling? 

                      $  75 Active Volunteer


"Take it Again" Class Fees   

                      $  50 General

                      $  25 Members

                      $  20 Active Volunteer


Classes are  9am till 3pm   

Lunch is included!



  WAAAM Air & Auto Museum 

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


Email Donna@WAAAMuseum.org  for early registration.


Mark your calendar. This makes a great birthday present, anniversary gift Just because I think you are great gift.

Issue 7 - 2012
Director Update
Second Saturday
Volunteer Spotlight
A Car Show
Driving the Old Stuff
Visitor Quote
Wish List
iPhone App
Membership Info.


July 14th
Second Saturday:
Steam Cars, the New 1908 Russel Steam Traction Tractor and the new 1908 Stanley Steamer Model K race car. 
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
Sign up Now. Limited space 


August 3rd & 4th 

2nd Annual WAAAM Hangar & Garage Sale. 9am -3pm

If you have good items you would like to donate please email  Donna   


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.
Sign up now. Limited Space 


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

Outstanding Exhibit!
The best aero and car museum ever. Thank you very much
We are the Veterans from The Dalles, this is our third trip here this summer. Thank you for the fly overs of our facility 
Absolutely fantastic displays and restorations
Awesome museum. We love the collection and can't wait to see what will arrive next  

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Wish List


Plumber and Electrician.


We have a stack washer and dryer that needs plumbed in and hooked up. Could you help?


Drip Pans ;-)


Got a Day?



event coordinator Glenn Whitcolm  in need of helpers for this event.

 Please contact him at



Got Skills?

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

 Ken @WAAAMuseum.org

Got parts? 

Our  1919 Model T ambulance project is getting closer to completion week by week but we do need your help locating " the right and left hood panels 14".. Got Parts? 

E-mail or call

Donna or Andy


Service Flags
We are working on the Veterans Display. This is a  display of Campaign & Service banners hanging on the south wall above the Military Collection.   At this time, we are missing a few items and are seeking donations of the follow items or $ to purchase them:


 3x5 Merchant Marine flag
 3x5 WWII Campaign flag


Please contact:  
Perry Richards 



Got time?

Joan Benedict needs data entry help.

 Call her cell: 541-399-3323



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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