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August 2014 Newsletter
It's Motorcycles and Snowmobiles this 
Second Saturday!  
If you live life on two wheels, dream of a vintage motorcycle or scooter, or love to make tracks on a snowy day with your historic sled then this day is for you!

We are showcasing Motorcycles, Scooters and Snowmobiles August 9th during our action hours at WAAAM.  

Join us and learn something new!  

 9-5     Museum is open 
10-2    Museum in Action:
            Old Motorcycles, Snowmobiles and  Scooters. Stop             by to see what flies and drives around the yard
11       Vintage Snowmobiles: Listen to the story of the                 machine and the sport by members of the Pacific                 NW Vintage Snowmobile Club.
                (We love a bit of winter on a hot summer day!)
11        Lunch Starts- Hot off the grill. Served until 1pm
12        Restoration Shop Tour 
1          See the Steam Tractor "all fired up"       
5          Museum Closes 
Thank you for your support in making this a fun and 
      safe fundraiser for the WAAAM Air & Auto Museum 
            See you again soon. Tell your friends...  

Count Down to Fly-in
Always the weekend after Labor Day


Hood River Fly-in 2014 

Running on all three cylinders! 

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

September 6 & 7       8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum invites you to walk among hundreds of antique and classic airplanes that will be flying into Hood River's Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Watch the newly restored Parker Pusher airplane fly between 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Biplane, airplane and helicopter rides are available. Book signings by authors on Saturday afternoon. Museum airplanes will fly on Sunday. Pancake breakfast begins 8 a.m. both days. Food & fun 8 to 5 

Adults $10, Ages 5-18 $5

Fly-in Link- Click Here


Help Spread the Word. Print off a flyer from our website and hang it at your favorite restaurant, shop, hotel, etc.

Remember:  Friday night is Pilot Night. 
Bring your own tie downs.
Get Pilot Info Here
Recapping the Month and
Keeping You Up to Date
Click for Photo Stream Here 

117 Planes on the books at WAAAM 


The museum has just flown our new 1940 Rearwin Cloudster.  On display now in M1 is this three seat cabin painted in "Stearman Vermilion with Insignia Blue Trim ".

WAAAM now has 4 of the 5 aircraft built by this company! We have the Sportster, Speedster, Cloudster and Commonwealth Skyranger 185. Missing is the "Junior" Keep your eye out for it!


Many thanks for the generosity of Bill Bremmeyer and Don Mayo for making this aircraft acquisition possible, to Terry Brandt and Lois Bowman for your volunteered time in the retrieval to get the Cloudster here and  to all of the volunteers who got it ready to fly and display.


Learn more about the Rearwin Airplanes at this web site  www.rearwin.com 




Bull Stearman... Hanging and rigging the wings.

Along with a huge airplane comes a huge project of putting all of the parts together. 

1929 Bull Stearman Speedmail.  One of just seven built. Alan Lopez had a dream to get it in the air again, he did so and now it is home in the Northwest again ... here at WAAAM.

Our "Bull Stearman" was so-nicknamed for its imposing physical size and extreme loudness compared to other airplanes. This was one of the six M-2's bought by Varney Airlines for use on Contract Air Mail route 32, Portland-Seattle-Spokane. Its 46-foot wingspan is the longest in the WAAAM collection, exceeding even the Boeing Model 40C. The M-2 was built to carry a pilot plus 1000 lbs. of mail. Stearman's selection of the unreliable Wright R-1750 Cyclone engine contributed to the airplane's downfall. Varney lost three of its six M-2's within months. Future orders went to Boeing for their Model 40 and no other operators ordered M-2 Speedmails. The seventh and last one built was for a private owner and used a Pratt and Whitney Hornet engine, the engine model installed here. United Airlines (of which Varney was a component) sold NC9055 in 1932. This airplane was enroute to Alaska in October, 1939 when it landed upside down in Teslin Lake, Yukon Territory. All three men aboard survived but the Bull Stearman lay there, unnoticed by all but locals until it was rediscovered in 1989 and recovered by an aviation historian. By 1999 Alan Lopez had taken ownership and invested ten years in restoring the airplane. In June, 2014 Lopez transferred ownership to WAAAM where its imposing presence can be appreciated by our visitors. 
The Bull Stearman book  by is available in exclusively in our gifts shop. Read Alan's story of this restoration.


Model T Driving School : August is sold out. We are taking names for a possible September Class. If you are interested get your name on the list by calling WAAAM 541-308-1600
See our stunning 1935 WACO YPF- 6 featured at the McAllister Museum of Aviation in Yakima, WA on August 16, for their Rare Aircraft Event. Displayed 10-12 


The Annual Hood River Fly-in is just 30 days away

September 6 and 7 (Pilot Night is Friday the 5th) 

Issue 8, 2014
Visitors Quote:

When asked if this visitor had a favorite... this is the reply.
"It's like seeing a tray with 1000 diamonds 
and being forced to pick one" July 28, 2014

August 9
Second Saturday 
Motorcycles -
Life on Two Wheels & vintage snowmobile too! 
August 16
Model T Driving School


September  5
Pilot Night -
 part of the Hood River Fly-in


September  6 & 7
Annual Hood River Fly-in
Hundreds of planes 
come & go


September 13
Second Saturday 
Steam Cars, Tractors along with Hit & Miss Engines
September 13  
International Model A Day
October 11
Second Saturday 
The Teens: 
Cars & Planes.  
( Dress the part! Wear your Clothes & Costumes that represent the 19Teens)


November  8
Second Saturday
Honoring the Uniform-
Military, Fire, Police, Volunteer etc.
Join us and wear yours


December 13
Second Saturday 
Vintage Bicycles 
Second Saturday


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Family                    $100
(2 adult of the same household + their children/grandchildren 18 yrs & under)
Member +1 (guest)   $120
(one named member who can bring a  guest
Members +2 (guest) $150
(two named members who can bring 2 guest each ) 
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~ Unlimited museum visits
~ Gift Shop 10% discounts
~ Monthly Newsletter
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 Open Daily   9 ~ 5

Thanksgiving, New Year Day

 and Christmas Day


Timber Kings
  are coming to WAAAM
Timber Kings is a huge TV hit! And these famous Canadian log home and structure builders are coming to WAAAM! 

During this years annual Fly-in you are invited to watch all of the goings on of construction, filming, ca-motion and fun as they build a log wind/picnic shelter on the museum property.

Pioneer Log Homes of BC founder Bryan Reid sits on the WAAAM Museum Board of Directors.

Pouring Concrete

The digging and setting of the concrete forms for our Historic Marquee Sign has begun!

Schuepbach Custom Concrete is hard at it again on the museum grounds. 

Drive buy and watch as we put the finishing touches on erecting our new and permanent road sign.
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Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031