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2015 May Newsletter 
This Weekend! Second Saturday at WAAAM:

We are joining in "To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory" for the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day - WWII

This month's theme is military vehicles.
We're getting our fleet of L-Birds, Jeeps, and more out and about for visitors to see in operation first hand.
You have got to see the Huey Helicopter scheduled to be on display today. Owner Dave Stratham will fly this piece of history to 1971 Huey Dave Stratham
WAAAM arriving
about 10am and
departing about 2pm 
Its big and loud with  the wop wop "Sound of Freedom" you can feel in your heart 

As a "thank you" to past and current military personnel, the active duty American military admission price is complementary for the day (with service card) and veterans of any era will receive half priced admission for our May 9 Second Saturday event.
Arsenal of Democracy World War II  
Victory Capitol Flyover 
Find out more about one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled that will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 12:10 p.m. (EST) as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Hundreds of Planes to Fly Over US Capital  



9 -        Museum Opens
10-2    ACTION! See the Huey Helicopter Today 
10:30  Caboose Tour 
11        Restoration Shop Tour 
11-1     Lunch is served - Now in the H3 Hangar.  
1          Shop Tour 
1:30    Caboose Tour 
5          Museum Closes
*The Flag Retirement Ceremony is postponed until the fall*  


Listen, Learn and Become A Part of History!



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 June Second Saturday --- Local History Spot Light. Fishing with Phil and Dave. The Luhr Jensen Story.    
Recent Donations 
1966 Chevy Corvette. It drives really nice!
Just donated by Art and Betsy Knowles who have also donated  the 1947 Indian with saddlebags and a portion of the Command-Aire Airplane.   

Hot Seat Flight Simulator Chassis
with full controls, computer monitors and a 6-channel sound system. The basic version looks like this:
http://www.hotseatsim.com/flight-sim-chassis/ but we got one with more bells and whistles, such as a three-screen mount with two screens and speakers included.  The WAAAM Volunteers Flying Association will handle setting it up and the museum will soon set policies for its use. 


Keep track of what is happening when you can't stop by.  Wtch us on Facebook/WAAAMuseum
From the Airplane Side of Restorations

We have an Engine!!!!!!!!!!
On Saturday April 25th, aircraft restoration volunteer Dale Young delivered our new, yes new Menasco D-4-87 engine for our
1938 Rearwin Speedster restoration project.
This engine is a new old stock Canadian WW2 surplus engine found by Menasco expert Brad Ball, it has only about 8 hours since new, but it was overhauled by Brad as a precaution due to the long storage period.
The Rearwin Speedster  wheel pants are ready for application of the paint donated by Consolidated aircraft coatings, and the gear fairings and engine cowling are making good progress.

In the world of gliders, the wings for the Piper TG8 glider are covered, stitched and taped, and will receive their first coat of silver dope in the next few days.

Silver Wings!
Butch Hunting applying the final coat of clear nitrate dope to the TG8 wings (Piper Military Training Glider)

L4 or J3 or TG8= Cub.

I hope to see you all this Second Saturday for our shop tours at 11am and 1pm.
We have a lot to show you! 

Progress, Progress everywhere and lots of it! 

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


See you at the Museum,

 Steam & Auto Restorations

What's black and red and full of steam? Our Altman Taylor Steam Tractor!

The Steam Tractor passed its final inspection which means we are on for the 4th of July Parade Hood River. We've been cleaning it up over the past few months but now we are finally to the paint stage. The black on the engine is nearly all done and the volunteers of the Steam Team are excited to get to work on the colors. It is going to look wonderful in the parade.      


The Velie Automobile Restoration is  moving along. It looks like a car now with the seat frames mostly done. This is
wood crafting and metal crafting at its best! take a look  this Saturday. Details... Details....Details   

Now that the weather is nicer we've been focusing on restoring the caboose a little bit too. We are super excited to announce that beneath the funny blue cow sign was the original logo for the Northern line. We had no idea what was going to be under the big panels but we crossed our fingers and got extremely lucky. We'll have to clean up the area that was covered a little bit...it is rather dusty and grimy but having the original marks really saves us a lot of manpower and expertise.   
Get Smart! Have Fun!
Camps for the Young &
Young at Heart
Signups for WAAAM Camp are being accepted through the Hood River Community Education website at:  
Learning by Doing at WAAAM CAMP 

This class touches on all aspects of Aviation.

Kids age 9-12 learn and have fun at The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum this week as we explore early aviation and what it takes to keep an airplane in the air? You will build a flying glider. It will fly because you made an air foil! Let's do a radio check and learn the call sign of our favorite WAAAM Airplane. Downwind, base, final....see you at WAAAM... Lots of great stuff you can teach your parents later. YOU will earn a 'Student Solo Membership' to the Museum that will allow you admission to WAAAM for the rest of the year.


Young at heart folks get to have fun too! 
Model T Driving School is like day camp for adults! 

History, Mechanics, Lunch, Fun and Driving.

If you are coordinated enough you will get to drive the Tin Lizzy solo!

Class work first! Then it's outside and your off!
More info is right HERE
Get Your Cars & Planes Ready to Rumble!

July 11th  
On the Second Saturday is the...
WAAAM Traffic Jam Car Show and Swap Meet

Photo property of Photography by Nicholas
The annual gathering on the museums lawn
of Vintage Vehicles. Over 100 autos 30 years old and older are polished and lovingly preserved.   

See antique Trucks, Motorcycles, Cars, Trailers......  
Do a little Shopping and Swapping, Gawking, Eating and Laughing. Live music by  
Rational Delusions 
of Boring, Oregon

It's FUN!
More Info & Registration click here

September 12 & 13

Come for the
Hundreds of Planes

Rides, Action, Food and Fun
Lions Breakfast Sat & Sun Mornings

*Pilots Night is Friday- Fly in, stay and camp under your wing.                          More info? click here 
Issue 5, 2015
Visitors Quote:
Shaun Maki comments about the Caboose on Facebook, "That looks great and original. Commented on the color before, you people rock!"



May 9
Second Saturday
Military Vehicles and
Flag Retirement Ceremony

May 25
Memorial Day
We Remember.
Look Skyward!

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

June 22-25

June 27
Model T Driving School

July 10
Friday Night Vintage Vehicle Cruise

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

July 25
Model T Driving School

August 8
Second Saturday
Old and New

August 22
Model T
Driving School

September 11
Pilot Nite.

September 12
Second Saturday
 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.
Start practicing now


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(one named member who can bring a  guest
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 Open Daily   9 ~ 5

Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day 

WVFA-Flying Club
1953 PA-20 Pacer
In just 8 months a dream, a plan and a plane donated by WAAAM have materialized!

The WAAAM Volunteers Flying Association first general meeting will be held at WAAAM on Monday May 11 at 5:30 p.m.


We have both pilot memberships for those who fly or want to fly and social memberships for those who want to hang out with the club.  


The first year's slate of officers is in place and we have our IRS 501(c)7 status. We'll soon be sending our airplane across the field for its annual inspection and installation of the dreaded Hobbs meter!   


Now is the time to come out and learn the details about the club.  

We'll have full information and membership applications available at the May 11th meeting.  


WAAAM has given the WVFA the Piper Pacer. It will be used by the club members to obtain proficiency in tail wheel aircraft. (I have 23,000 hours of flt time but only about 12 hours in tail draggers). So I guess it is for people like me so we can gain experience in order to fly some of the museum aircraft in the future as well as to attract more volunteers to the museum."

Says Dayle Harris, Secretary WVFC  


We've booked a safety presentation for June and another will soon be confirmed for July. Details to follow.


for more info

WWII Vet -  Into the Sunset

You may recall from last years Fly-in, the WWII vet (B24 crew) Ora Seal living at Hawks Ridge who wanted a biplane ride and I connected Cathy Carter (Marketing Director at Hawks Ridge) with Mike ( bi Plane rides) to arrange it. Well, Last month in the H.R. News I saw that Ora had flown west. Ora Seal taken at the time of his biplane flight.

Ken Ollson 


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 From the Oregon Aviation  

Historical Society.


This year we are inducting James Carle "Jimmy" Rinehart into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame.  He was born in Portland in 1909 and in 1926 he built his own plane and learned to fly.  In 1928 he was an endurance flight record holder, OX-5 class, made in an American Eagle at Seaside, Oregon.  He was the youngest licensed transport pilot in the country, having received that license at the age of 18.   He started his own company, Columbia Gorge Air Service, Inc., with sea planes and land planes, with hangars at Hayden Island and Janzen Beach park, all of which he built himself.  He gave sight seeing tours and flying lessons at these locations, and established the first passenger route from Portland to the ocean beaches in 1927.  In that same year he entered the national air races, flying from San Francisco to Spokane.


After graduating from Oregon State, he became a flight instructor for Tex Rankjn's Flying School in Portland.  In 1934 he moved to Alaska to fly as a bush pilot with Alaska Air Transport Inc.   In World War II, James worked as a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps and taught at Ryan Airfield in Hemet, CA.


After the war he opened as aircraft repair shop in San Jacinto, and in 1948 he and his wife returned to Alaska where he accepted a position as the resident pilot for Alaska Coastal Airlines (that became Alaska Airlines).   Both Rinehart and his wife Elsie, served as aviators in Alaska and  ran a charter air service.  Outside his regular business flights, James performed numerous rescues, mercy flights, and dangerous landings to serve his community.  He was killed in 1954 when his Grumman G-44 Widgeon crashed in bad weather near Pelican, Alaska. 


During the OR Aviation Ceremonies, He was  represented by Cindy BOEING and several other family members.   


 Submitted by Roy Pettit  


Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031