Since our July newsletter, we have had a very busy month. We started with a major effort from the volunteers to take four antique cars (lending support to the contingent of Sister City visitors) in the Hood River 4th of July Parade and a fly over during the parade too. ( thanks Wes Valpey, Brian Brandt, Andy Anderson, Gordon Cook, Ben Davidson, Jeremy Young, Doug Holsman)
The July Second Saturday was a super show of just how far we have come. Visitors had so much to see and do as the Russell Steam Tractor, two Stanley Steamers, a hit and miss contraption, the Condor vintage sailplane, J-3P Piper and more more more operated and our outstanding volunteer crew shared, taught, drove, flew, cooked and worked to keep WAAAM in good form.
The Jackson Ride was once again headquartered at WAAAM. 400 bicyclist descended upon the museum to begin and end their bike ride throughout the valley and to tour the museum.
And the Historic Drive through the Twin Tunnels began and ended at WAAAM during our July Second Saturday. This is a huge Fly In for the west coast and getting there is a big job. Thank you Jeremy & Brian for making that happen.
We also had an additional two new vintage sailplanes arrive at WAAAM. These gliders were trucked across the country from Georgia by non other than our very own volunteers, each trip taking 9-10 days! (Thanks to Steve Tolson, John Krecklow & Ken Olsson)
WAAAM went to Arlington, WA thanks to Brian Brandt (Jeep display) and Jeremy Young (Aircraft display).
WAAAM goes to EAA Air Venture and gets some ink! With the dreams and efforts of Ben Davidson, Lee Borchers and Bill Avolio WAAAM was present and accounted for at the huge and one of a kind yearly EAA Convention in Oshkosh, WI. Bill & Ben prepped the rare 1938 J3P and between Lee and Ben they trucked , reassembled, flew, dismantled and trucked once again the little plane home. A monumental effort. This was 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. And both of these J-3Ps were at Oshkosh this year. How special was that. Click Here
We have been invited to bring an antique aeroplane and automobile to display during the Oregon International Air Show (part of the Rose Festival summer activities) in Hillsboro, OR on Aug 4th and 5th. See you there! We are honored and thrilled to be asked to be involved and share a part of the WAAAM Collection during this yearly event. Click Here
Because of these efforts the word continue to gets out about what we are doing here in the Gorge with our flying and driving!
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Clear skies to you all,
Thank you to all who believe in the spirit of WAAAM and for your donations and support and in helping spread the word.