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June  2012  Newsletter

Director's Update  


Judy Newman

Judy Newman

Museum Director


We have so much happening around the museum, you really must stop by again soon to see what is new and changing.


WAAAM is excited to announce that we have a new member of the board, Jerry Wenger of Powell WY.

 "Jerry has extensive experience in business, aviation and corporate governance.  He will be a wonderful asset to WAAAM as a board member."



WAAAM Board of Directors 2012


Pictured with the Moswey III sail-plane now on display are WAAAM Board of Directors.

From the left: Will Carey, Warren Bean, Don Mayo, Bill Bremmeyer, Bryan Reid, Terry Brandt, John Benton, Jerry Wenger 


Three beautiful antique WACO Bi-planes have been donated! The 1932 UBF and the 1935 YPF (with over 9000 hours into the WACO

restoration) arrived at WAAAM over the Memorial Day weekend and the third, a ATO will be in on June's Second Saturday baring weather and volunteer pilot timing. I know this is not much information, however we will be gathering the story tidbits for you and fill you in the July newsletter.


The  Paul Mantz  Curtiss Pusher restoration project is on its way to the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, WA where it will be on display for the summer months. This craft flew off the Embassy Suites Hotel Roof in downtown Portland  in 1996 piloted by our very own daredevil (Director of Aircraft Restoration) Tom Murphy. We are helping to celebrate 100 years of Rose Festival traditions.


The Skeets Family has put on loan a 1942 SNJ5. What is that you ask? Stop by to see this built for the Military Trainer/Reno Air Race Champion.


The aircraft of WAAAM have flown throughout the Gorge quite often this May and have received many notes, call and comments of thanks as they preformed a number of Fly-Bys all for different reasons.



We helped open the new addition of the Maryhill Museum with a flight of five, and the L Birds flew twice for the coming home procession and internment ceremony for WWII Paratrooper PFC Kights whose remains were laid to their final rest in hometown of White salmon, WA after being listed as MIA for 67 years. The procession down the Gorge on that Friday was very emotional for volunteer and serving Army pilot Ben Davidson who is back from a deployment to Afghanistan. "Hundreds of bikes and flags flew for this man and I was proud to do my part in honoring a fellow soldier. Emotional... very emotional" said Davidson. A visitor to WAAAM told one museum volunteer, "The Missing Man formation was very touching and there was not a person there who was not moved by what they saw, bringing home the reason they were at the service". Our final flight of the month was in honor of Memorial Day as three Vintage WWII L-Birds flew over the hundreds that gathered at the Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River. Many thanks to our volunteer pilots Jeremy Young, Lee Borchers, Bill Avolio, Scott Gifford, Terry Brandt, Addison Pemberton, Dick Pengrey, Brian Brandt, Ben Davidson and the crew that helps them launch.


Model T Ambulance and the Model A: Projects moving ahead.


Second Saturdays continue to be a great success

June 9th is a Second Saturday full of action. 


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



Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman  






       Radio controlled Demonstrations &

the high-tech world of Unmanned Aircraft 



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 in June...

 * Columbia Gorge Aeromodelers - CGA- Radio Controll demo flights and static display models


* Indoor RC flying


* Local aviation "remote control" business CloudCap

www.cloudcaptech.com  Cloud Cap Technology (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Goodrich CORP.) is a technology company that provides highly integrated Autopilots, Payloads and Sensors for the unmanned systems market. Our main efforts focus on supporting developers manned and unmanned aerial vehicles by providing powerful integrated solutions that dramatically reduce the time required to implement an aircraft system. The CCT Team is composed of a group of highly motivated engineers, specialists and technicians with over 100 years of combined experience in the field. Our facility is located in Hood River, Oregon. We are committed to our employees, committed to our community, and committed to a sustainable business in the Columbia River Gorge   


Insitu www.insitu.com


High Tech Stuff! you have got to see this.

Your kids will thrilled...YOU will be amaised.


* CGA sponsored rubber band airplane contest

* Radio Controlled cars

* Hood River Hobbies booth. www.HoodRiverHobbies.com 



*What is 100 years old? You have to see it to believe it.

    Birthday cake at 2pm! Come Celebrate.



Non Profits at WAAAM*Two local service organizations, Hood River Adopt A Dog and Meals on Wheels, will have information booths at this event to tell about the services they provide. Please help by giving what make you feel great. 





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


 Museum is open 9-5

Second Saturday Special Event  10-2


Lunch is served from  11-1:30





See you soon! 



Car Corner   


Exciting things are happening on the Car Restoration home front.


Our Model T Ambulance is really taking shape. Andy Anderson has stepped up the efforts to keep this project on the front burner. The final assembly of the chassis is happeningMadel T Ambulance now right!  Stop by to watch the progress.

Tuesdays are full of action on this and the newly donated little Model A Coupe. Steve Tolson has jumped right in and is learning the ropes of restoration under the guidance of Andy Anderson and Gene Wright (all volunteers) Tolson, from Gresham,OR is concentrating on the Model A and is enjoying getting a bit of grease under his fingernails. Steve says "I am having a blast, learning lots and love being involved here" 


Would you like to help?

Tuesday mornings. Give a call to WAAAM.  # 541-308-1600


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  

 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 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.

Email TrafficJam@WAAAMuseum.org 

 for info, volunteer opportunities and early registration  

or call Glenn 509-308-1161 


Paul Antunes Volunteer has done it again!

Another great poster for a sure to be knockout event in October. 


Bring your car club. Come with a friend.

Mark your calendar. 

It is going to be a blast!

Education at the Museum




Two youth WAAAM Camp sessions are planned this year.

The four day class sessions are :


 WAAAM Aviation Camp (8 - 12 years old)

 June 25th-28th


WAAAM Summer Flight Camp (13-16 years old)

 August 13th-16th




  Cost is $110 per student 


 Sign ups are through the Hood River Community Education Program at this link  WAAAM CAMP INFO  or
Call Hood River Community Education
Class times 9a-12p





Model T Driving School is scheduled once again! 


Three days are on the calendar this year and each one day class will be filled with history, mechanics and driving. 


Class Dates are June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th


The class vehicles are a The Model T History and Mechanics

1923 and a 1925 Ford  Model T, 

popularly referred to as 'Tin Lizzys'


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

                      $  75 Active Volunteer


"Take it Again" Class Fees   

                      $  50 General

                      $  25 Members

                      $  20 Active Volunteer


Classes are  9am till 3pm or maybe a bit longer. 

Lunch is included.


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 or Father's Day gift.


News, Pictures and your Interesting Stories


Contact Donna Davidson when you have a great picture to share or a story about what you have seen at WAAAM. 


We love visitor comments!  


E mail  donna@WAAAMuseum.org

Issue 6 - 2012
Director Update
Second Saturday
Car Corner
A Car Show
Wish List
June 9
    Second Saturday:
        * Radio Controlled 
        Planes & Cars 
* See the Hi-Tech
world  of Unmanned Aircraft w/ Cloud Cap Technologies & Insitu.
* Happy Birthday to 100 yr  old beauties
June 25- 28
ages 8-12
Aviation camp for kids
June 30
Model T Driving School
Includes lunch


July 14th
Second Saturday:
Steam Cars,
Hit and miss engines, Women in Aviation
and Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart


July 14

Antique Auto Tour 

Through the Twin Tunnels


July 28
Model T Driving School 9am-3pm
includes lunch


August  11
Second Saturday:
Motorcycles... A rally.
We are going to ride
the old Indian


August 13-16
Aviation camp for teens
ages 13-16


August 25
Model T Driving School
Includes lunch


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

2012 Fly-In Poster


Designed by Hood River graphic artist and WAAAM Volunteer
Paul Antunes

From the 6th graders of Irrigon School District:

The film of Tom Murphy was fasntastic, made me wish I could fly!
Wonderful! I like the Beech 18
This museum is awesome
I love this museum
I like the Harleys
This place is cool

May 2012 

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Help Wanted


Event coordinator Glenn Whitcolm  in need of helpers for this event.

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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? 

We are in need of both rear fenders and four wood wheels for a Model T.

1919-1925 years are the same parts and will work perfectly for our exhibition

Tin Lizzy.

E-mail or call

Donna or Andy


Service Flags
We are working to improve 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:


1. 3x5 Coast Guard flag
Thanks to Doug Davee for a cash donation to pur-chase this flag!



2. 3x5 Navy flag 

Thanks to Joan Benedict for donating this flag!


3. 3x5 Merchant Marine flag
4. 3x5 WWII Campaign flag



Pease contact:  
Perry Richards 



Got time?

Joan Benedict needs data entry help.

 Call her cell: 541-399-3323



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Want to be involved in the APP updates? We could use your help! Email: Donna@WAAAMuseum.org



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