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October  2012  Newsletter

The WAAAM Traffic Jam   

1st Annual Car Show and Cruise-In 

 What's in your garage? 


Traffic Jam Oct 12 & 13

Thank you in advance for joining us for the  

First Ever WAAAM Traffic Jam  


8 - 5     Early Registration and enjoy the museum
             Special pricing for admission as the Autos start arriving              NASCAR  Show Cars arrive to day.
             See the Kasey Kain #38 show car! Arriving Friday AM!
             Staying until Sunday About Great Clips Racing 
5:30 -    Participants Gather for the Hood River Cruise  
5:45 -    Cruise through the heights & downtown, loop a few times               then back to WAAAM 
6:30-     Gather back at WAAAM for social hour            
              Beer Garden, Eats from Lions  
7:30 -     Lighting the Fire and kicking off the movie 
10:30-   The evening ends whenever you go to bed or leave for
              your hotel and the nights event closes by 10:30


8 -         Registration Begins 
8 -10     Breakfast from Lions Club 
9 -         Opening of WAAAM Museum
Through out the day- NASCAR on display
              Panel Jam. Watch and Learn
              Food, Music, View the visiting Vehicles, Raffle
10-12    Open Music Announcements 
12-        Live Music Begins for Lunch Crowd 
1:00 -    Model T Build Challenge. You have got to see this! 
1:30 -    Participants and Peoples Choice Ballots Close 
2:45 -    Gathering of the people. Cheer on the Award Winners 
3:00 -    Awards Ceremony  
5:00 -    WAAAM Closes


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. 



Director's Update   

It is time for the First Ever WAAAM Traffic Jam! 


What exciting times here at the WAAAM air and auto museum! We are geared up for the first ever WAAAM Traffic Jam - Car Show over the Second Saturday of October... just 12 days to go. Since this is our first we are guessing on the number of antique, classic and vintage vehicles that will show. Could be 50--- could be 300! I am betting on 300.      

If you have an operating treasure in the shop, shed, barn or garage and it is 30 years old or older, come share it with us. We love seeing what you love working on! Please see the article below for more info and our plan for that day.

Judy Newman
Judy Newman Museum Director


The 2012 Fly-In was our largest and a huge success.

We had an over 300 aircraft and 2700+ visitors.

Pilots who took to the skies came from many different states. We thank you the pilots for sharing your stories, enthusiasm and planes with us. We thank the public for being interested and intrigued with the museum and the fly in.


We have started an expansion fund thanks to the Walker L Bean Foundations donation of $25,000.  

The plans are in the pipeline to start construction in the spring. Currently those plans include adding 20,000 square feet to the north of the M2 hangar that will house mostly automobiles, a wing off of the Kids Area to expand that part of the mission, and two wings off the gift shop for a future café and theater/meeting room. We are very proud of the support for this museum in the Pacific Northwest. If you would like to be involved in moving this museum forward with funds, donations or volunteering please give us a call. It takes a village to raise a museum. Thanks for being a part of the village.


Clear skies,

Judy Newman
Museum Director


               New Arrivals!


We have just taken in our 90th and 91st aircraft at the museum! Number 90 is a 1966 Piper Aztec , a Turbo twin engine six seater. This airplane was donated by Warren and Bernice Bean for the purpose of reselling it to help fund the new expansion project.


Are you in the market for a new plane? This could be the ticket.  E mail Volunteer Chief Pilot Ben Davidson for more information.


1940 Cessna 165 Air Master

Aircraft donation number 91: Sold as "World's Most Efficient Airplane" is a beautiful, stunning, 1940 Cessna 165 Air Master. The donation comes from Wayne Edsall of Bozeman, MT. This is a great addition to the current collection at WAAAM as we did not have a high wing vintage Cessna. This is a great link to learn more about the history of the Cessna 165. http://www.russellw.com/planes/airmaster/history.htm  

and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_165  


Scott Gifford, owner of Classic Wings FBO in Hood River flew this craft from Bozeman to WAAAM today! Thank you Scott! 





      2012 Fly-In Report   

by Ken Olsson


  fly in smiles Planes everywhere fly in

WAAAM has kicked off its sixth year with its sixth safe fly-in. More than 300 airplanes flew into Ken Jernstedt Airfield for the annual post-Labor Day gathering. This count was up 65% from the prior two years when we were served poor weather in the Willamette Valley (2010) and forest fires all around (2011). The Highway 141 fire across the river, which started just days before the fly-in, gave us a scare, but when we contacted the fire fighters they immediately adjusted the area of the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) to allow flight over the river. They didn't have to do that and we rock our wings in salute.
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 Happy retirement Murphy 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
  fly In fun 2
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.
Issue 10 - 2012

October  12th-

NASCAR Arrives In the morning! See them unload the Show Cars! (exact time unknown) 

October  12th & 13th
Second Saturday


 November  10th 
Second Saturday:
Dare Devil Tom Murphy Speaks of:
Flight off hotel roof,
Restoring the Jenny
and the Model 70

November 22nd
Happy Thanksgiving
WAAAM is Closed today.
Our dedicated volunteers will be spending the day with their families   

December 8th 
Second Saturday:
Holiday Pictures with Cars and Planes, Santa and the Grinch. Photography by Nicholas.

December 25th
Happy Holidays 
WAAAM is closed today.

Our dedicated volunteers will be spending the day with their families


January 1st 
Happy New Year! WAAAM is closed today. see you on the 2nd.

Second Saturday will continue all year. Stay tuned.


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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? 

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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 



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Joan Benedict needs data entry help.

 Call her cell: 541-399-3323



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