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August  2012  Newsletter

 Director's Update   

Judy Newman
Judy Newman Museum Director


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)

arlington 2012


WAAAM went to Arlington, WA thanks to Brian Brandt (Jeep display) and Jeremy Young (Aircraft display).  

 Arlington Fly-In




j3p oshkosh 2012 

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!


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



Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman  



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


garage sale sign


Friday the 3rd & Saturday the 4th

WAAAM is holding a garage sale.

Follow the signs to the 2nd annual benefit sale behind the museum.  8am-3pm



    How about these Motorcycles!



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 for August..


indianWe will show you what it takes to keep the old bikes running. Come on over to WAAAM to learn about the 100 year old Indian Motorcycle and just why there are peddles on this two wheeler. We will have a collector or two on hand to share their passion.  


Bring your Bike out for the day! 


life flightTour the Life Flight Helicopter and perhaps their plane too! These machines are something else.    

 300 SL Gullwing

See the new to WAAAM
1955 300 SL Gullwing Mercedes-Benz. Really! This is unrestored and a driver. On loan from Bob Ullrich. This car was onced owned by Pat Boone.



Check out the M3 Scout Car too!



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


 Museum is open 9-5

Second Saturday Special Event  10-2

Lunch is served from  11-1:30


See you soon! 



     It is Fly-In Time AGAIN!


Next Month Is the Annual Hood River Fly-In at WAAAM

Museum open 9-5

Public Admission to Fly-in:

Saturday and Sunday.


Start with a hearty Lions Breakfast and spend the day with us.

Hundreds of planes come and go, food, music, plane rides*

2012 Fly-In Poster


Designed by Hood River graphic artist and WAAAM Volunteer
Paul Antunes

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

Email TrafficJam@WAAAMuseum.org 

 for info, volunteer opportunities and early registration  

or call Glenn 509-308-1161 


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. 


Sign up now: Last Class of the Year is 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 8 - 2012


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 plus 
See the Life Flight Helicopter


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

The best museum I have ever been to!

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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



Fly-In Pilot Information:


Please visit the WAAAM website for all your planning

or email 


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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, motorcycle, truck, camper etc 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.






















Solo (individual)     $50

Family                    $100
(2 adult of the same household + their children /grand children
18 years & under) 
Member +1 (guest)    $120
(one named member who can bring a guest) 
Members +2 (guest)  $150
(two named members
who can bring 2 guests) 
~ Unlimited museum visits
~ Members only  events
~ Gift Shop 10% discounts
~ Monthly Newsletter
~Tax deductible  membership (check limits with your adviser)
 Open Daily     9 ~ 5

Thanksgiving, New Year Day

 and Christmas Day


Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031