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January 2009 - Museum Newsletter
Jenny & Model T Ford_ photo by RHallman
WAAAM Flies High in 2008
2008 has been an exciting year at WAAAM.  Only the second year of operation, WAAAM welcomed over 1500 visitors, 250 visiting antique airplanes,  500 visiting antique automobiles and 122 volunteers.   With coverage in the Oregonian, Hood River news and NW flyer, the word about WAAAM is spreading.
21,000 and Growing!
WAAAM would like to express our appreciation for the 21,000+ volunteer hours, dozens of donated antiques and thousands of donated dollars that made WAAAM's first full year of operation so memorable.  WAAAM is a non-profit museum that would not exist if not for the dedication and commitment of people just like you who care about preserving this interesting piece of history. If you would like to be more involved with WAAAM, email us at info@WAAAMuseum.org
New Building Opens Jan 3rd, 2009 
January 1st, 2009. - Four inches of wet snow couldn't stop the dozen die-hard volunteers who showed up to start the new year by moving dozens of military planes and vehicles into WAAAM's brand new "M2" building.  This new building opened to the public January 3rd, 2009.  M2 houses WAAAM's military and classic collections and provides much needed space to spread out a little.  "M2" provides 46,000 square feet (think an acre) of display space as well as a new event center that will provide Hood River with a new option for events, weddings, dances, reunions .....    the posibilites are endless.  Stop by soon to check out all of the exciting changes.
Presidents Day Celebration 
Location: WAAAM
Date: 2/16/09 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Presidents Day Celebration - Come join WAAAM as we celebrate our Nation's Presidents. We will be flying our WWII "L-Birds" as well as enjoying the company and stories told by some of our local veterans. (Flight operation will depend on the weather.) 
1918 Model T Ambulance
Volunteer Restoration Project Model T Ford Ambulance Photo
A dedicated group of automobile restoration fans (lead by Gene Wright) started work on the chassis of a 1918-1919 Model T Ford  Ambulance in Oct 2008. The project is currently being worked on at Wright's place but will soon be moved to WAAAM. This beautiful antique has an all wood body and has been restored (so far) for a hard cost of only $70 due to the generous donation of parts and labor by Gene Wright, Andy Anderson, Bruce Weirs, Ron Embry, E&L Auto Parts and others.  Currently we are looking for four Model T tires - we need two that are 30"x3" and two that are  30"x3 1/2" - check your barn, and let us know if you can help.   Call 451-308-1600 and leave a message for Gene Wright.
Update from Iraq -
(Note: Thanks to Lee Bourchers who is the acting chief pilot until Ben returns from active duty)

Many of you know that early this year the Army called and asked if I could help them out flying C-12 Huron airplanes in Iraq. Being of simple mind and unlimited ego, I quickly realized the war could not be won with out me, so I predictably told them that I would drop every thing and rush right over.

I was assigned to Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize). We fly specially modified C-12 (Super King Air 200's) at a gross weight of 14,000 lbs up from the 12,500 lbs that they are certified for. The aircraft have a variety of Full Motion Video (FMV), Electronic Sensing Packages (ESP), Communication, Mapping, and Counter Measure Gismo's.
Most of what we are doing is classified, so I can't get much into that. Our "backseaters" come from the Army, Airforce, Navy, and Marines. They are doing the real work, while we pilot the aircraft where they need to go. A lot of the time we are able to support our "Eagles" on the ground with eyes on their target, we can tell them about any threat in the area, as well as sending their commanders real time video of the target area.

It feels now that the War is really winding up, the violent acts in the country are way down, and the Government gets much stronger everyday. But, I know for our young soldiers that are in harms way almost every day, and are still getting shot and blown up, that their war is not over. I am happy to be here to give them a small amount of safety, and assist them getting the last of the bad guys. I will be happy to come home but, will be torn leaving many young men to finish the job.

Thank you all for being great Americans and for your support to all our troops around the world, travelling as a soldier has really made me aware of how many supporters we have.

See you all very soon,
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In This Issue
New Building Opens
Presidents Day Celebration
1918 Model T Ambulance
Update from Irag
Restoration Report
The current restoration project is a 1942 Taylorcraft TG-6 military training glider. These were all manufactured at the Taylorcraft factory in Alliance, Ohio under U.S. Government contract order for training gliders for the war effort. This aircraft was found at a crop dusting strip in Northern California in the late sixties or early seventies and purchased by Terry Brandt. It was basically complete and unrestored. This unique aircraft will be another flyable addition to the WAAAM collection!

The basic structure is the tandem seating L2 with the engine, windshield and cowling removed and a nose section welded on to accommodate an extra pilot. It had control sticks, rudder pedals, spoiler, and tow release controls for all three occupants. The rear seat was occupied by the instructor and the center and front seat held the students.
The necessary minor repair work on the fuselage is completed and ready for cleaning/blasting. Wood stringers and some door framing will have to be replaced before covering is applied.

The wings will need only minor repairs and cleanup before covering.
My volunteer crew, Jamie Richardson, Bob Spielman, and Bob Wiley are anxious to get back to work on this rare bird after the holidays are over.

Tom Murphy
Director of Restorations
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January Membership Offer

Get your 2009 WAAAM membership.  Your membership supports WAAAM and gives you unlimited access to the museum for 1 year (makes a great gift too!)
Membership options:
Solo - $50 - Admits one individual member (for 12 months)
Family Membership - $100 - Admits two adult members plus their children or grandkids under 20
Membership + 1 - $120 - Admits one member plus a guest (for 12 months)
Memberships + 2 - $150 - Admits two members plus 2 guests (for 12 months)

Pay by Phone - (541) 308-1600  Call today and pay over the phone with a credit card.  We will mail you your membership or you can pick it up at the museum. 

January special:  Purchase an annual membership in January and we will send you a free one day pass* that you can give to a friend.  *1-4 passes depending on membership purchased.

Offer good until Jan 31, 2009