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2015 March Newsletter 
This is Second Saturday at WAAAM:
We are Talking Nose Art


The Museum is open 9-5

Action 10-2 

Nose Art: Speaker Andretta Schellinger 11:00

 Lunch is served 11-1

Shop Tour 12:00

More Nose Art 1:00 

Listen, Learn and Become A Part of History!


March 14 is Second Saturday! We're having a local author from The Dalles, Andretta Schellinger talk at 11 and at 1 about the cultural influences behind airplane nose art. The first talk at 11:00 am will be about how comics, political cartoons, and kid's cartoons influenced airplane nose artwork. The second talk at 1:00 pm will be more about the wide range of cultural influences like movies, TV, and fashion that impacted airplane nose artwork. Schellinger will also be giving away promotional material for her up and coming book "Nose Art on Military Aircraft" which is a continuation on her original work "From Knights to Skulls: The Cultural Evolution of Nose Artwork."  


Seeing is believing! Watch us Bring History to Life! 

 As always several of WAAAM's cars and airplanes will be out and about flying and driving for visitors to enjoy.  


Thank you for your support . Up Next? On the March Second Saturday --- Dodge Brothers. Not just for TV commercial!!! The life of these autos just keeps on going! 
Hundreds & Hundreds Stopped by our Booth.
Did You? 
   The WAAAM Booth at the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show was a big success. 

The moment we rolled it out
of the trailer people were all over it.... Oddly enough it was the 1947 Indian Chief (motorcycle) that caught the eye of the airplane enthusiast at this show! It drew folks into our booth and reminded them that the WAAAM Air and Auto Museum has many things to offer. Something to interest everyone.


Our aircraft on display this year was the 1930 WACO Primary Glider. The very one we took to the show about 5 years before... when it was unrestored and looked like a skeleton. Sharing this history and the fact that it was an actual aircraft was exciting. "That this was an actual 1930 item and not some kind of kit plane we were selling or a reproduction was a fun and exciting point to get across to many visitors. Once they realized what they were seeing everyone without question got really impressed. We even had two or three people remember when we brought the glider down as a project some 5 years ago." Said Stephanie Hatch, part of the crew who manned the booth during this aviation weekend. She added "The WACO Primary actually proved to be a bit of trouble...we thought it would fit in the booth space but it didn't at all by a long shot. There was a moment where we really thought the fire marshal was going to put a stop to it but we got creative and put it on a table and tilted it to the side to get one wing up above the crowd and pulled some of the tail off and then proved with a tape measure that the isles were large enough by just a pinch!


WAAAM want you to join us in giving a hand to all of the "CREW" who put in the time to gather, dissemble, load, drive, reassemble, share, promote, teach, visit, take down, dissemble, load, drive, unload and reassemble back at the museum this wonderful display of history.  



Many thanks and much appreciation goes out to the team of the Northwest Aviation Conference &Trade Show and the Washington Aviation Association. You did a great  job and we know the effort and time it takes to put on an event like this. We are proud to join you in keeping aviation alive and well in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Again our many thanks. 


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From the Airplane Side of Restorations

Since the last newsletter, our dedicated restoration crew has applied all the Poly Fiber fabric covering, donated in February buy Consolidated Aircraft Coatings, to our 1938 Rearwin Speedster.
Volunteers Bill Avolio and Butch Hunting
team up to get the gear just right on the Speedster 
On March 7th the fuselage and tail surfaces, received its final coat of Pontiac red paint, with the wings and ailerons to receive theirs within 2 weeks, assembly will follow shorty there after.

Please Stop by the museum 
on Saturday the 14th, take the shop tour at NOON, and get a chance to meet some of our restoration shop volunteers.

If you would like to get involved with the restoration of our unique aircraft, please contact me at

See you at the Museum,


Lots Happening...

Just In and I mean it happened at 3:30 yesterday
Our new arrival is a 1914 Model T, serial number 94815. The donors are Mike and Judy Gaulke - the car  originally belonged to "grandpa" SC Gaulke.
 About Grandpa Gualke

The best part about the car - it still drives. Steve Roberts is optimistic that we will get it all tuned up for Second Saturday.
Volunteers: Gene, Steve Roberts, Connecticut Don, and Dave went to pick it up yesterday afternoon.



The gazebo has been finished! The metal roof is on, the benches are in and the monster picnic table that Don built is now in place as well.  We've already had one group enjoy it.
Steam Tractor has been moved outside to get read for  the big cleaning party we'll have on the morning of March 21.   


Youth volunteer
Jon Harris does double duty he is a boy scout as well) by lending a hand and know how during the Love flight competition during the February Second Saturday. Jon also put in a day of volunteering for WAAAM at the Booth during the NW Aviation Conference.  

Under and Over!  Annual Inspection for our 1931  WACO RNF. Thanks Volunteers for getting down and dirty and getting things done!
  And so much more.  
Issue 3, 2015
Visitors Quote:
"I want too thank every one for the wonderful time. ...everyone is so knowledgeable about what they're showing you. And to be honest it was much bigger than I expected we will certainly be back every chance we get thank you again"


March 14
Second Saturday
Airplane Nose Art

March 17
Save $2  off admission when you show us your green!

April 11
Second Saturday
Dodge Brothers Day - 
Bring your!

May 9
Second Saturday
Military Vehicles and
Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 13
Second Saturday
Local History Spotlight-
Fishing with Phil & Dave Jensen
"Luhr Jensen"

July 11
Second Saturday
WAAAM Traffic Jam a 
Car Show & Swap Meet

August 8
Second Saturday
Old and New

September 12th
Second Saturday
Fly in- 100's of planes

September 12 &13 
Annual Hood River Fly-in

September 19
International Model A Day

October 10
Second Saturday
The 20's- Cars, Planes and More.

November 14
Second Saturday
Local History Spotlight-
General Airways

December 12
Second Saturday
Paper Airplane Contest.
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Volunteers Flying Club
WAAAM Planes over Hood River
The newly formed WAAAM Flying Club is hosting a presentation by flight instructor Dave Koebel
(pronounced "Cable")
at 3:30on Saturday
the 14th. 
Dave is the lead flight instructor at Classic Wings Aviation at the Hood River Airport, and he will give a talk aimed at rusty pilots who want to dust off their wings and wannabe pilots who want to grow a pair of wings.  Dave is a great guy and his talk is sure to be interesting for all, so come for Second Saturday and stick around for a fun
introduction, or reintroduction, to flying.

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