The total visitor count for the weekend was around 3000. The Eyeopener Lions served their pancake breakfast and by 10 AM Saturday they'd sold out of the food they'd planned for both Saturday and Sunday. They reported that on Saturday they'd served 714 meals.
Several special events and observances were held
. Friday was the fifth anniversary of the opening of the museum so on Saturday afternoon we served visitors birthday cake decorated with images of the museum. We opened the doors to Hangar H1, the restoration
hangar, to introduce Tom Murphy's final project as the museum's Director of Restorations, the Stearman Model 70 one-of-a-kind prototype of the Boeing Model 75 Kaydet series. Our thanks go out to the West Side Fire Department for Saturday evening's dinner. After dinner the documentary film One Six Right, about the importance of local airports, was shown on the Hangar H3 door. On Sunday afternoon a retirement observance was held for Tom Murphy. The WAAAM/Hood River Fly-in is, perhaps, the only fly-in in the country with an official bagpiper. Volunteer Mark Stanfield provided fanfares and entertainment throughout the weekend.
Airplane Judging Results:
Grand Champion Antique - Lockheed 12A, Ruth Holden & Curt Walters
Best Antique - Fairchild 24, Wendy & Werner Griesbeck
Best Biplane - WACO ATO, Rich & Linda Melhoff
Best Classic - Piper J3 Cub, Norm Des Jardins & Jack Barnes
Best Home Built - WACO CTO, Robert Patrick
Best Warbird - Boeing Stearman E75, Doug DeVries
Peoples Choice - Lockheed 12A, Ruth Holden & Curt Walters
Special Mention - The Wally Olson Waco UPF-7, Keith Kreide
The Lockheed 12A painted in TWA livery is
co-owned by Ruth Richter-Holden and Curt
"Rocky" Walters. This airplane was used in
the early 1940's as TWA's test bed for the
development of static wicks and ice
protection. Ruth is the daughter of TWA
co-founder and Executive Vice President
Paul E. Richter, Jr.
As Fly-in organizer and volunteer I send my heartfelt thanks to all the visiting pilots who made the fly-in a great success and particularly to the volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. Many pilots and visitors remarked on the number of green CREW shirts topped with smiling faces.