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January 2013 Newsletter

Director's Update



Judy Newman
Judy Newman Museum Director



WAAAM just finished the best year yet with over 30,000 visitors. What a year. We have had many donations of aircraft, cars, motorcycles, artifacts and money to help keep WAAAM truly world class. Visitors have arrived from everywhere and are certainly impressed with our museum and our volunteers. We hear constantly that our volunteers are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We know that but it is nice when other people know that too! In the fall we had our first donation of money toward our future expansion project so this is going to be a year of working on fundraising.


Ben Davidson, our volunteer Chief Pilot, has taken on H-1 & H-2! ( Hangars used for overflow, storage and restorations). He has made it possible to get around in the H-2 Hangar that houses all our aircraft and cars for future projects and sale. It is full but organized and the H-1 building is now ready for our next restoration projects. Ben does this on his weekends & days off from his full time job at Ft. Lewis where he is serving for his 31st year in the Army. Along with Ben, his wife Donna works at his side on her days off from this Museum as the Assistant Director, Gift Shop Manager and what ever else needs to be done. She will never say anything about all her time she volunteers as she is the one who writes the newsletter and feels embarrassed to say anything... but we know! I know it has been long hours and heavy work. Thank you.  



We have laid out a schedule of highlights for the Second Saturdays of 2013. Please check out the calendar on the right and make plans to come to WAAAM often.


I appreciate all that is done for this wonderful museum by so many great people. Among them is Ben Davidson. In his real life away from WAAAM he serves in the US Army at

Ft Lewis, WA.  He has been working tirelessly in the H1 Restoration Hangar getting it cleaned out and organized for our Pusher Airplane Project and making way for the next Auto restoration. It has been three months of long weekends to get us ready for this Second Satrurday for Ben and his sidekick (wife) Donna.


Gene Wright is building the frame work for the Model T Ambulance and is making good progress.


Mark Stanfield has volunteered to be the project manager for the Pusher Project.


If you have not been in for a while, remember to bring a friend and enjoy WAAAM again. Remember that your annual membership gives you admission to the museum for the entire year - at no additional charge.    



Clear skies to you all,

Judy Newman 



January 12 


Come and learn about the life and times of training as a WWII Tuskegee Airman. Ben "Flaps" Berry was just that.


A Tuskegee Airman  


2013.1 Tuskegee Airman
In 1944 the US government wanted to see if black men could fly airplanes. Ben Berry along with other young black American men proved that they could.
"Flaps" has an interesting and inspiring story to share with us and we will pull up a chair and visit with him on January 12, 2013.

Ben flew a few of the types of aircraft we have at WAAAM. He learned in the Stearman - now we have to get "a tail dragger endorsement" to fly these!
Learn more at Tuskegee Airman National Museum

THE "PUSHER " moves to the restoration hanger this day! With a generous grant from the Ludwick Family Foundation we will have this early Curtiss Type Pusher in the air soon. Well, nine months is the plan and to have it flying by the Annual Hood River Fly-In (the weekend after Labor Day). 2013.1 Pusher goes to Restoration The Curtiss OX5 engine will needs to be removed and rebuilt, the wings are already for fabric and dope, the airframe, flying wires and gear need lots of attention.
This is a museum volunteer project. Are you interested in early flight, history, research and restoration? We are accepting volunteers on this project. Contact Volunteer Project Manager - Mark Stanfield

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!

 9am          WAAAM opens
10 -2           A Museum in Action - watch and learn
10              Pushing out a few Cars and Planes. Getting them
                  out the doors and warmed up. Hear them run.
10:30          Flight of the  1932 WACO YPF
11               Chat with Ben Berry & Book Signing
11-1:30        Lunch is served
12:30          Tuskegee Airman Ben Berry Speaks
1:30            Book Signing
                  "TO THE MOON, MARS & BEYOND" by Ben Berry
 2               Help us "Push the Pusher" to the WAAAM
                  Restoration Hangar. Let's get this project started!


   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:

** Feb 9th : Beauty and Duty, A symposium of Women's Military Uniforms of  WWI to Vietnam
at the WAAAM Air and Auto Museum 
Life around WAAAM


WWII Studebaker Weasel
Terry Brandt donated a WWII Studebaker Weasel that his son and volunteer Brian Brandt & volunteer Dan Lubbers got running again. We will have it out to demonstrate soon. Maybe this Saturday!


Member Walks the Walk


            Walking the Walk!

     Membership has it's privileges.


WAAAM Museum Member Bonnie Wright         doesn't let the weather keep her from a daily walk. Bonnie stops by and puts in a few miles throughout the collection of the museum.




YPF finishing up the Annual1932 Waco YPF-6 Annual Inspection continues on the floor of the museum to the delight of visitors this weekend, This beautiful bird will take to the skies on January 12th for Second Saturday thanks to volunteers Bill Avilio and Ben Davidson.

     Model T Driving School

 Our Third Year of Teaching You to Drive a Planetary Transmission  



2013.1 Model T Driving SchoolYou are going to love learning about the life and times of a "Tin Lizzie"!


This one day class is chocked full of history, stories, maintenance, and yep, you guessed it, Driving!   -- It is different!


It is not every day you get the chance to go back in time and get hands on experience in operating an old car. That is just what you will do during our Model T Driving School.


Class space is limited to just eight students per class.

Sign up now! This makes a great gift too.


Class Dates: June 15, July 20 or Aug 17

Times: 9 am to about 3pm

Place:  WAAAM 


Lunch is included


Cost: Members $125, Non-Members $150, Active Volunteers $75

                    *You must hold a valid drivers license

         Want to take the class again and drive some more?

         Members $25,  Non-Members $50, Active Volunteers $20



Call WAAAM # 541-308-1600 or E mail Donna@WAAAMuseum.org 

to sign up or for more information.

                           Bring your Gal for a Valentine's Treat 
               February 9th, 2013

                Beauty and Duty

2013.1 Beauty and DutyFrom the Private Collection of Alice Miller:

A symposium of Women's Military Uniforms from WWI to Vietnam will be our program on this Second Saturday Event.

Join us for a historical look at the the distinctive uniforms of these brave and proud American women.

Hear the stories & see the fashion trends of the times and how those trends affected the design and construction of the women's uniform.

Issue 1 - 2013
Director Update
Second Saturday
Life at the Museum
Model T Driving School
Beauty & Duty
Visitor Quote

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 & his service to our country
Tuskegee Airman

February 9
"Beauty and Duty"
Women & Military Fashion
History & Fashion!
March 9 
Early Air Navigation & Charts.
Flying the Sky's in the 1950 By Bill Avolio

April 13 
Studebakers: Alive and well.

May 11
 Military Equipment

Jun 8

Muscle Cars, Speedsters and Airplanes that Race


June 15

  Model T Driving School


Jul 13

 The Second Annual WAAAM Traffic Jam


July 20

Model T Driving School


Aug 10

Motorcycles & Smalll / Utility Engines


Aug 17

Model T Driving School


Sept 7 & 8

Annual Hood River Fly-­­­In (Hundreds of Planes)


Sept 14

 How to Start an Old Airplane; How to do a Pre-flight Inspection; Radio Control Model Demonstration


Oct 12

Fire Prevention Month; Fire Trucks and Trucks in General


Nov 9

A Century of Electric Cars and Trucks

Dec 14
Holiday Pictures with Santa, the Grinch and the Old Cars and Airplanes. Photography by Nicholas

"Thanks for sharing your collection. Amazing! Makes me want to learn how to fly. Keep on inspiring!"
Visitor from
San Francisco  


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