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 November 2013 Newsletter


November 9th  

WAAAM Presents :

 Electric Vehicles-100 years and counting


Cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, and trains have all been powered by electricity!

Are you driving an electric? Bring what you drive and make history at WAAAM. We are aiming for 50 Electric Vehicles here this day. New or old? Tesla, Leaf, Volt or homemade we want to know what is in your garage (and your hangar).
WAAAM has a Detroit Electric that looks like Cinderella's Carriage. The motor runs. The tires are round but the wood frame has dry rot and the curved class is broken in a few area... 
We can get this piece of history running strong again with your help and interest. You are invited to learn about the early electric car industry.

 9-5             WAAAM is open


10-2            A Museum in Action - watch and learn. 

                      Electric Vehicles. Past, Present and Future 

                      Stop by and see what we get flying and driving.


10- 2           See the new Tesla on display today.
with Sean Berwald of Tesla Washington Square 

                       about the electric cars of today. 


11-1            Lunch is served Hot Chili, Chile Dogs

11:30          Think electric cars are new?                      
                      Join us today for a look the history and future of this
                      form of transportation.
Bob Oldfather will speak                             about his collection  and what it takes to operate and
                      restore electric cars. He has so much to share
 Electric Vehicle History.

1:30                Electric Airplanes! Really!
                      Learn about the electric airplanes. Paul Peterson
Stephan Boutenko of
 Alternair and Volta
are developing and when you will be able to fly
Atlernair, Inc is on the cutting edge of innovation                                    with Electric Light Sport Airplane in development.
                      Check out the  voltavolare.com  hybrid option too

5                Museum closes


As each "Second Saturday" comes around we are excited to share our good transportation history with you. 
Come out and see what takes flight and what takes a spin around the yard!

Charge your ride up. Drive to WAAAM. If you need to get topped off to get back home we can help out... Please donated for any juice you use. ( It takes a village to keep this museum running. Thanks for being a part of it!)



** December 14th **
  Second Saturday :The Tradition of Holiday Photos at WAAAM 
1922 Velie.
(pronounced VEE-LEE)
A New Car - project.

Visitors to WAAAM know about Velie...Veile Airplanes that is. 

Did you know that Velie made automobiles too? This family company produced American made saddles, buggies, cars, planes and more during the Golden Age. How many transportation companies made that kind of transition? I don't yet know but am excited to keep learning!

The Velie Manufacturer is the 50th different car maker represented in the museum so far.

For the Official Velie Motor Car Register, 

The acquisition of this rare auto was made possible by donors like you...Believing in WAAAM and helping us motor on.


Velie Thermometer 

Radiator Cap


1928 Velie Monocoupe

 Current Aircraft Count 


Jack Lanning's Famous Travel Air 4000 

In the Sky Again  

Travel Air 4000 -Photography by Nicholas
copyright - Photography by Nicholas
On October 19th we crossed our fingers and started up our newest of the new-to-WAAAM airplanes to see if we could return it to the skies. This aircraft had been a hanging display in the Port Townsed Aero Museum for the last six years. Just a month ago it was added to the WAAAM Collection making our current airplane count 101!   
Visitors on this Saturday got a special treat as they watched the process of preparing an old aircraft for flight. The 1928 Travel Air 4000 airplane has a J4 Wright engine built up by Pacific Northwest icon, Jack Lanning. We believe this to be the only J4 currently flying.  After the annual inspection and the moving of four additional aircraft  out the hangar doors, the crew proceeded with the start up process on the back lawn.  The Travel Air started on the first pull!  On the Second start of the engine Ben Davidson (Volunteer Chief Pilot) taxied out for the first flight. Davidson says "She handles good."
When you lay eyes on this old bird, look for differences: The engine looks old. It's cylinders are a single casting of iron.  The ailerons look like elephant ears.
We offer a special thanks to Lanning's brother, Dan Lanning, for allowing WAAAM to acquire this airplane and to ensure that Jack's legacy lives on.

Jack Lanning and Travel Air 4000 - (1970's)
Have you seen this wood propeller? 
This photo is of Jack Lanning in the 1970s standing in front of his Travel Air 4000 - (the new airplane at WAAAM) 
While it still flys beautifully with the metal propeller we'd love to to find the original wood propeller for this aircraft. 
Share this photo and ask your friends. It's somewhere in the Pacific Northwest - we just need to find it!


The Steam Team 

Now playing... and working at WAAAM



We have moved the 1911 Altman Taylor Steam Traction Tractor to the Restoration Shop and the refurbishing has begun! 


Jack Sheppard of Hood River is our Volunteer Team Lead on this project. His push is to have this huge tractor operating by the 4th of July... 2014! 


Are you interested in giving time or money to get this iconic Gorge Steam Tractor operating again? We are accepting volunteers to work with us on this project. Requirements? Be an active Member of the WAAAM Museum,  be at least 18 yrs old, (you will be working in the shop), fill out our volunteer application &  waiver and be willing to get dirty!


 Call us 541-308-1600 ask for Donna



"Parker Pusher" up date.

Congratulations to our "Pusher Crew" on their next big accomplishment  .... 
The Airworthiness Certificate!
On Oct. 31st a designated representative of the FAA issued this much anticipated little piece of paper. He was very impressed and took pictures to show his friends!
We need  this document to fly plane. When will that be? Well...it will depend on   the weather, more testing, the volunteers have to fit  it into their other than WAAAM life and the stars need to be aligned just right.
We will keep you posted.
The Electric Plane by Alternair
The Amp is a two-seat electric Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA).  The design is for a super quiet, comfortable, safe, efficient and green aircraft. We are making this possible by combining the new battery technology with the latest aircraft innovations. 
The AMP-100 can fly over 200 miles on one charge, and can cruise at speeds over 100 mph. Because it is electric, it is far more reliable, dependable, efficient, quiet, and above all - GREEN!
Learn more about this Electric Plane on the Second Saturday of November at WAAAM 
The Electric Car by Tesla

Tesla Motors' goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for industry partners. Tesla has delivered over 15,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries.

Model S


Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, meticulously designed and engineered to elevate the public's expectations of what a car can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a premium sedan.
Email Sean Berwald to test drive during the 
WAAAM Second Saturday November 9th 

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Issue 11- 2013
Second Saturday
101 planes
The Steam Team
Electric Plane
Electric Car
Visitor Quote
Video Tour
Featured Article
iPhone App


Nov 9

Second Saturday   

A Century of Electric Vehicles 


Nov 11

Veterans Day

Open 9-5

Enjoy a nice day at the museum and honor those who  have served


Nov 28

Happy Thanksgiving

WAAAM is Closed Today 

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

Dec 25th
Merry Christmas
WAAAM is closed today.


Jan 1
Happy New Year
WAAAM is Closed Today

Jan 11
Second Saturday

Feb 14
Second Saturday

Second Saturday will happen all year long. Stay tuned for more info

Hood River 
Eyeopeners Lions Club Donates $1000 to WAAAM!
Thank you- for believing in the WAAAM Air & Auto Museum.
We will put this to good work!

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