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December 2012  Newsletter

Director's Update 

Judy Newman
Judy Newman Museum Director


Happy Holiday Season to all of you! We have had such a great year here at the Air & Auto Museum. Many new, wonderful and operating artifacts have been donated, put on loan or fund raised for.   We have gotten "Old Stuff" running again, a grant to get the Pusher Flying, and a new tradition started.. The Traffic Jam ... a car show. We completed our 5th year as a Museum already and are excited to see what 2013 brings.  


If you have not been in for a while, remember to bring a friend and enjoy WAAAM again.


            I am honored to announce...

Our 2012 Volunteer of the Year is Ken Olsson.  


Ken showed up to help for the First Hood River Fly In at WAAAM  in 2007 and has been a huge contributor ever since. Over this last year he logged more that 1200 hours to help further the mission of keeping this a "Living Museum"  Ken is a pilot and motorcycle enthusiast. He is the museums tech guy, published the WAAAM Museum Guide for Aircraft, is a docent &  the chairman of our Fly -In AND he works the museum front desk and floor every Sunday! When you stop in again.. Give him a big congratulations.  


The  Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum is lucky to have you Ken.  Many thanks! 



 Receive a Tax Credit when you Donate.

The end of the year is near and while you are doing you tax planning remember the Oregon Cultural Trust can benefit you and WAAAM. A donation to WAAAM and then a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust for a 100% Cultural Tax Credit!   

"A donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust is both a gift and an investment. When you donate to the Cultural Trust by December 31, you may claim a 100%, dollar-for-dollar Oregon tax credit of up to $500 per individual, $1,000 for joint filers, or $2,500 for
Oregon C-Corporations -- as long as you also invest in any number of 1,300 cultural nonprofits with a matching gift, in the same, or greater, amount. For a list of eligible
cultural nonprofits: www.culturaltrust.org or call 503-986-0088."   



Will you join us for  the December Second Saturday?
See what we have GOING.




Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman 



December 8


Our Second Annual

"Santa & Second Saturday Holiday Photo Shoot

happens this Weekend  

2012 Holiday Pictures with Santa

We invite you to enjoy the elegance of this beautiful 1929  Packard while your holiday
portraits are taken by Master Photographer Nicholas Bielemeier. 

Santa  will be here between
10am and 1pm.

See what Nicholas has done for WAAAM. Let us know if you would like to make one of these fabulous shots the Perfect Present this gift giving season.
As each Second Saturday comes around we are excited to share some of the antiques with you. Come out and see what takes flight and what takes a spin around the yard!
10am -1pm    Photo shoot - of you and your family
10am            Pushing out a few Cars and Planes. Hear them run.
10:30am-       Flight of the.... something is going to fly, Come see ??
12:30pm-       Another Flight and Driving


   Our Volunteers invite you to share in this living history.

Restoring, fixing, flying, driving. We are keeping the past alive. 


Museum is open 9-5

Second Saturday special event   10-2

Lunch is served  in Hangar M2  from  11-1:30

See you there! 

Mark your calendar for the January 12th Second Saturday:
We will welcome Tuskegee Airman Ben "Flap" Berry


Pusher Restoration 

WAAAM has been awarded a
Ludwick Family Foundation grant.

Founded in 1990 by Arthur and Sarah Ludwick, the Ludwick Family Foundation is a philanthropic organization committed to assisting a broad array of groups that are working to make a positive difference in the world.   Learn More about the Ludwick Family Foundation


This aircraft has enjoyed a storied career. It has been owned by Billy Parker (test and stunt pilot), and   Paul Mantz  (stunt pilot -Flight of the Phoenix and technical adviser to Amelia Earhart)

The grant of $54,000 is for the restoration of our early Curtiss Pusher style aircraft to flying condition.   

The project will allow a group of  volunteers to work alongside a restoration team and learn the skills required to restore early aircraft. We have much to do and  much to learn.


Do you have an interest in being involved with this project?
Would you like to donate money specifically to the Pusher?
Contact Donna Davidson to get your name on the list
# 541-308-1600 or donna@waaamuseum.org  
  FlyBy News


Added to the list:


1927 Swalow Arrives at WAAAM1927 Swallow arrives at WAAAM. Richard Pingrey of Selah, WA has just donated this aircraft. It is on display in M2. where can see a few stages of the restoration project. the fuselage is complete and painted, one set of wing has been covered  


swallow Data Platein cotton-- you can see how the fabric has been sewn on to the ribs. The other set of wings is still bare bones. The picture on the left is of the data plate. Note the small print of 'drain crankcase and check oil screen every 20 hours"   


We are very excited to get into the history of this old bird!  


Swallow Tail


 We are seeking funds to get this beauty finished.  


         Find out more about the  from Wikipedia.

            Swallow Aircraft Company 




For sale:


1966 Piper Aztec Turbocharged $68K - The funds from this sale will go into the new museum expansion fund. Donated by Warren and Bernice Bean. Want more info ? Contact Ben Davidson 



     Car Corner   


The '31 Model A Roadster.... finished and driving! 


31 Model A Roadster This sweet little Roadster is out on the road again! The project was donated last year by Dave and Marilyn Elkins of Lyle, WA and a wonderful and dedicated team of volunteers gathered together weekly to reassemble, test, paint, poke prod and tweak it back into running order. 


2012 paradeSteve Tolson and Ocean Ortiz debuted the auto during the Hood River Holiday Parade last weekend both Pictured with Andy Anderson who drove his 1928 Dodge Brothers with a car full of WAAAM Volunteers. Dave Schneeberg drove WAAAMs 1912 Dodge Brothers. All of the WAAAM vehicles were decked in lights... and the the crowds went "ohhhh ahhhhh". 


Tug boat in 2012 parade  

The Schuepbach Custom Builders crew lent a hand in towing the Tug Boat in the parade. Many Thanks to Gary Fisher (the Grinch and his big friend Woody) and Randy Baker the driver. 





Issue 12 - 2012
Second Saturday
Pusher Restoration
Car Corner
Visitor Quote
December 8th 
Second Saturday:
Holiday Pictures with Cars and Planes, Santa and the Grinch. Photography by Nicholas.
Cars & Planes...out for fun  

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.

January 12 
Second Saturday
Tuskegee Airman Ben
" Flaps' Berry Speaks
Help us honor this man and his service to our country
Tuskegee Airman

February 9
"Beauty and Duty"
Women and Military Fashion

Second Saturday will continue all year. Stay tuned. 
"How did a world class and extensive collection like this come to be in small town Hood River?
Really Impressive! "
Visitor from
San Francisco  

The Boeing 40 Is BACK!  

and we have the Book!


Just $28.95 in the gift shop!


Signed by author/ restoration specialist  

Addison Pemberton 


  Boeing 40 book cover




Christmas Shopping ?
A WAAAM Membership Pass is a give that gives all year!


The gift shop has books , videos, toys, shirts, sweat
Shirts, models, coffee cups, beer mugs. Stocking the stuff-ers.
Every gift you give from here supports the museum.. Thank you for spreading the holiday cheer  



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