Early Flight Navigation-
Life in the Sky before GPS
How do you find your way in the sky?
Now it is easy. We punch in a few numbers & letters into a GPS and voila our course is plotted. But back in the day...
Bill Avolio is a pilot from way back. Back in the good old days of early charts and airways. You are invited as Bill puts you in the pilot seat in the 40's and 50's describing, explaining and teaching about the 'old days' of flying and navigating.
Learn and hear his stories on this Second Saturday of March.
Bill will be speaking at 1pm.
This is Aviation History --straight from the source!
Avolio is a pilot, (he even flew for General Airways who's founder was Gus Callas ... The Callas Trust has started the WAAAM Aviation Scholarship) aircraft mechanic, instructor and more. Join us on the Second Saturday of March as we keep history alive and running.
1st WAAAM Aviation Scholarship to be Awarded
Join Us in Congratulating Hood River High School Senior and WAAAM Volunteer Eric Hamada.
Eric has been chosen by the Callas Trust, WAAAM and Classic Wings Air Service for their 1st of an annual scholarship that is specifically for young aviation enthusiast. Award at 12:45
Learn more below.
--- Living History at its BEST!
Some of our favorite automobiles will be out and about today. Ever Wish you could ride in an oldie?
Donate a bit to keep the engines running and go for a spin .
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!
9-5 WAAAM is open
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 What is a WACO anyway? See two old birds fly today.
11-1:30 Lunch is served
12:45pm Aviation Scholarship Awarded Presented
1 Learn about Early Flight Navigation by Bill Avolio
Our Volunteers invite you to share in this living history. We are fixing, restoring, flying, driving, learning, teaching & keeping the past alive.
See you there!
** April 13th : The Studebaker. Alive and well
at the WAAAM Air and Auto Museum
Callas Trust and WAAAM
Flight Scholarship Awarded!
Dale Harris (Lavender Valley Farms in Hood River) is the nephew of Guss and Georgette Callas and the trustee for the Callas Trust that has real Oregon aviation roots.
General Airways opened it's doors after WWII with its home base in
Portland. Callas saw a need and started operations by flying fresh vegetables to Alaska and bringing fresh fish and crabs to Portland.
"The Roseliner" has a permanent display highlighting this aviation story in the WAAAM Museum building M2.
Dale Harris, a retired airline pilot himself, approached WAAAM with an interest in starting a local aviation scholarship
that would be awarded to a high school junior or senior with a passion for aviation and an intention to make aviation their career.
"Guss and Georgette loved everything about aviation and the business of flying and we believe passing that passion on to the next generation by helping to pay for a bit towards a pilots license is the way to go" says Harris.The Scholarship totaling $2750 this year will most likely get a student soloed. (Solo means : able to fly a airplane by yourself!)
The Callas Trust started this project with the initial funds of $2000 and has committed to an annual $1000 toward the scholarship fund.
Flying lessons will be at the Hood River Airport and the Classic Wings Air Service FBO. Classic Wings has donated the textbooks needed to pass the written exam a $250 value. WAAAM has donated $500 towards the scholarship and found a local young man who volunteers at WAAAM and is taking an aviation track in his life.
Join us on March 9th at 12:45 pm as we award Eric Hamada this scholarship.
Congratulations Eric. the sky's the limit!
~A Great Show ~
Northwest Aviation Conference
A Trade Show for those who love airplanes!
by Ken Olsson
The annual NW Aviation Conference and Trade Show was held at the fairground in Puyallup, WA on February 23-24. WAAAM volunteers Donna and Ben Davidson, Shelley and Dan Lubbers, Mark Stanfield and Ken Olsson staffed the booth and introduced show attendees
to the museum through a display of WAAAM engines from one to eight cylinders. (If you must know: Maytag Model 92, Aeronca E-107, Jacobs L-3, Lycoming O-145, Kinner R-56, Curtiss R-600 Challenger, Warner Scarab and Curtiss OX-5.) The consensus was that the offset-blade Maynard DiCesare propeller attracted the most visitor attention, by far. It seems no one who stopped by had ever seen one!
At the show we made some contacts that may develop into future Second Saturday programs.
One Keynote Speaker was Craig Fuller, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association who hasn't yet found his way to Hood River. We'll keep pressing him to make the trip but given his schedule he'll probably miss Second Saturday.
A visitor to our booth was Captain Walter E. "Walt" Raby a retired pilot who flew a broad range of airplanes through his military and civilian careers. He was a pilot of Convair's enormous XC-99, a transport version of the B-36 bomber that was used for transport and for testing non-military aspects of the B-36 design. Walt also flew the BT-13, UC-78, B-25, C-46, C-47, C-124 and, as Senior Instructor Pilot, all Boeing's "Sevens" through the 767. We hope Walt finds his way to Hood River soon.
Another Day at WAAAM
Brings History to Life
On Sunday March 3rd Leslie Kari and Clay Spencer of Washington visited WAAAM for the first time. As we talked before they went in, Leslie spied her mother in the photo on a tote bag in the gift shop.
Her mother, Frances Green, had been a member of class 43-W5 of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in WWII. The photo on the tote bag is a group of four WASP pilots in front of the B-17 "Pistol Packin' Mama" in which they'd just completed a training flight. In the photo, Frances Green is on the left. Once inside the museum Leslie again encountered her mother's name and photo at the WASP display in Hangar M2. It's another example of the days at WAAAM never being the same old routine.
In 1944, during the graduation ceremony for the last WASP training class, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry "Hap" Arnold, said that when the program started, he wasn't sure "whether a slip of a girl could fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather. Now in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men," Arnold said. Ya think??!!
By Ken Olsson, WAAAM Volunteer
Take the Wheel
Model T Driving School
You 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. Hint Hint :-)
Class Dates: June 15, July 20 or Aug 17
Time: 9 am to about 3pm
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.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO
REBUILD A PLANE!
The WAAAM Parker "Curtiss" style Pusher is coming along due to our dedicated volunteers! Combined volunteers have put more than 300 hours into taking apart, sandblasting metal parts, cutting and sanding wood parts, and priming metal parts. One volunteer, Dale Young, a local Hood River Fire Fighter, drove the OX-5 engine to Northern California where it will be rebuilt. That was a 12 hour one way trip.
"I'm amazed each workday when there are 10-12 volunteers that show up to help work on this project. Our volunteers really seem to enjoy this project and it is great to see them point out interesting parts of the project to each other and hear the discussions about the pusher. They have taken ownership of this project, they're a great crew and I think they are enjoying getting to know each other!" States project coordinator Mark Stanfield.
Ben Davidson has been great at directing volunteers in the restoration hanger and training them on equipment or tasks they have never done before. Some volunteers who are working toward getting there A&P will be able to have their time working on the pusher count towards there A&P hour requirement. If you are interested in volunteering to help rebuild the Pusher please email Mark Stanfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently are looking for someone that can do metal work to help make two fuel tanks for the pusher. Let's build this plane together!
Follow Volunteer Dan Evans Blog about this project
Parker-Curtiss Pusher blog
Save the Dates
Swap Meet Scheduled at WAAAM August 3 & 4
Buy, Sell and Look - Airplanes & Automobiles - Parts & Pieces
Good Stuff Galore.
Space Available for vehicle related items
Email Swap Meet Info for more information
Traffic Jam Car Show July 13
(Cruise July 12)
Hood River Fly-in Sept 7 & 8
(Pilot Night Sept 6)
Best of the Gorge- Museum
Thanks WAAAM Fans!
Early Air Navigation & Charts.
Flying the Sky's in 40's & 50's
By Bill Avolio
Studebakers: Alive and well.
See WAAAMs Collection and Bring yours to share.
Fling and driving the old stuff.
Bring your military artifacts to show and tell
Muscle Cars, Speedsters & Airplanes that Race
Model T Driving School
The Second Annual
WAAAM Traffic Jam
Model T Driving School
Smalll Utility Engines
Model T Driving School
Sept 7 & 8
Annual Hood River Fly-In (Hundreds of Planes)
How to Start an Old Airplane; How to do a Pre-flight Inspection;
Radio Control Model
Fire Prevention Month;
Old Fire Trucks and Old Trucks in General
A Century of Electric Cars and Trucks
Holiday Pictures with Santa, the Grinch and the Old Cars and Airplanes. Photography by Nicholas
Alice Miller for
Beauty & Duty
Beauty & Duty during our Second Saturday in Feb.
She has passionately collected the uniforms and the stories of the WOMEN who wore them from WWI to Vietnam. We laughed, learned and shed a few tears as we listened to history displayed in a new light.
Alice brought with her an entourage of ladies who joined a few WAAAM Volunteers that proudly modeled the uniforms while Miller spun the tale of life in the military as a female.
We Learned something new thanks to Alice and this crew.
Anita Hooper of The Dalles, OR
shared her story of
serving in the Navy.
"This is the Best Museum I have ever been to"
Danny ~ age 8
A Video Tour of WAAAM Click the Picture
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum
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(2 adult of the same household + their children/grandchildren 18 yrs & under)
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(one named member who can bring a guest)
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