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2015 June Newsletter 
This Weekend is
Second Saturday at WAAAM:
"Fish'n with Phil & Dave"
The Luhr Jensen Story and Their Auto Collection Displayed at WAAAM 

It all started in Hood River in the 30'...

Luhr Jensen history is the feature of the June 13 Second Saturday at WAAAM. Brothers Phil and Dave Jensen who were integral to the company will give audiences an insider view of just how Hood River came to be known as a fishing lure icon for decades. The Luhr Jensen history talks - the first at 11:30am and the second at 2:00pm.

"We don't usually call attention to our fishing artifacts but they are still an important part of transportation history," says Museum Director Judy Newman. "How else would you get to the ultimate fishing spot unless you drive there or better yet use a float plane to land on the lake or river itself! Our fishing collection mostly comes from Phil and Dave so we thought it was high time to invite the community for a celebration of our local history."

Going Fishing! 
9 :00    Museum Opens
10-2     ACTION! Flying, Driving, Learning  
10:30  Restoration Shop Tour 
11:30   Fish'n "Luhr Jensen"Style
11-1     Lunch is served - Now in the H3 Hangar.  
1:00     Restoration Shop Tour 
2:00     Part Two " The Lurh Jensen" Story 
5:00     Museum Closes


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 July 11th it the WAAAM Trafic Jam Car Show and Swap Meet! 100's of great cars! All 30 years old or older! Second Saturday!     
Keep track of what is happening when you can't stop by.  Watch us on Facebook/WAAAMuseum
Meet You In the Back Yard...
Its Car Show and Swap Meet Time! 

July 11th  
On the Second Saturday is the...
WAAAM Traffic Jam

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, and Playing.

Saturday Live Music
Rational Delusions 
of Boring, Oregon

It's FUN!
More Info & Registration click here

From the Airplane Side of Restorations

On Friday June 5 WAAAM's 1938 Rearwin Speedster 
saw the the sun for the first time in years, as we rolled it out of the shop to check the freshly painted cowling for color before applying the trim to the nose and wheel pants.  In the next month or so our dedicated aircraft restoration volunteers will be finalizing the engine controls, mounting the wings and tail, installing the Upholstery with seats freshly redone by Oregon Aero, and finalizing all those fine details that make a great restoration.

New Pants too!
Wheel Pants that is!
Volunteer Dale Young works on them in the paint room

We are also making progress on our side project, WAAAM's  Piper TG8 army training  gilder with the finalization  of the fresh fabric and paint on the wings. 
Hope to see you all this second Saturday, June 13th for our  restoration shop tours at 10:30am and 1:00pm.

See you at the museum,

It's a Busy Place

Donations! Three familiar faces have joined the WAAAM Collection - permanently!. The 1939 Porterfield CP50 was donated by Charles Rushford and the 1938 Stinson SR-8B Gullwing was donated by Don Culver. Both were previously on loan with the museum and we are proud to add them to the permanent collection.
We will be raising money to have the engine of the Gullwing reconditioned. It is hydraulic locked so we are going to have to pull the engine to see where the problem lies.We plan to send the engine out for repairs. The expected repair cost is $8K-$30K
The high MPG "Freeway" That was out and about during the May Second Saturday has been donated by Skip Dunn of New Mexico and we are excited to have this automobile be a part of our permanent collection.

We also received another gift on the sly.
A "Drop and Run" donation! 
You know how things just tend to move and show up at WAAAM? Well a 1960s Tule Trooper "Big Boy" appeared out of nowhere mid-May. 

The cool thing about this type of little mini bike/motorcycle is that it has a bit of a cult following because it was used in a movie-"Muscle Beach Party"!

Our brand new L-6 that was also recently donated in May and hauled in a trailer to the museum was flown too! It was rather funny because everyone wanted to get it up and going and when it came time to fly all of our pilots were busy. So Terry (Museum Founder) jumped in and took off. Of course that means that we got next to no documentation of the flight save for the video Judy took from the ground. We'll be flying it much more and taking some flying photos in the near future so look for those.  There is a Video on Facebook.

WAAAM is again the proud recipient of the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! This is the third year in a row that we have know we got the award and it is all thanks to our visitors who reviewed and shared their experience that they had at the museum. 

LOOK to the Sky ....
this Weekend

Friday The Boeing 40 will depart for a season of touring
Saturday WAAAM Volunteers will help support the aviation events in the NW and  take a few bird out to stretch their wings!

The WACO UBF will fly to Pasco, WA with a crew of two volunteerss: Scott Gifford of Classic Wings Air Service and Don Ferency.

Volunteer Mark Stanfield will fly the L-3  to Salem

AND We are making efforts to get a bird to The Dalles. Plane and crew TBD.
Get Smart! Have Fun!
Camps for the Young &

Young at Heart
Final Week of Signups for WAAAM Camp Registration ends June 19thnat Noon. Space is limited and its time to get your grandkids or kids in to some summer learning programs!  Registration is only accepted through the Hood River Community Education website at:  
WAAAM Camp 2013
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! Men & Women of the fun loving type love this class. 

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 

This Just In!
2015 Model T Driving School - The June Class is totally full, July has one spot left and August has two spots left.
  (If we get enough interest their may be a September class but no promises!)   
Issue 6, 2015
Visitors Quotes:
"Best car & air museum we have seen yet!"
Ted & Maggie Ivester,
La Grand, OR

"EXCELLENT, Thank you."
Judy & Ken Howard,
Toronto, Canada

John & Judy Balzer,
Spokane, WA


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


2015 TrafficJam Help Needed

We are just over a month away from the WAAAM Traffic Jam!!!!

The posters are in and they look great ! We need help getting them to your hangout spots!

To the Coffee shops, Watering holes, and  swimming pools help blanket the Gorge. From Portland to the Tri-Cities and Seattle to Northern California and the Coast to Boise we need your help plastering the Northwest.

Auto Clubs, Cleaners, schools, gas stations, golf courses, tourist areas, neighbors, restaurants, sports shops, and sports clubs, retail stores, places of work...

 Help spread them around to the people they know or the places car groups hang out they should stop by to pick one or a bunch up!

Stop in at WAAAM  or we can mail a bundle to you!

A great way to lend a hand! 
Day of Event Volunteers Needed
Volunteers at Traffic Jam 2013
 Contact us at WAAAM  
or email 

SEE YOU  July 11th




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Judy Newman
I am so in awe of our volunteer crew! If I told you everything that was done around here by this group you would say I was fibbing. From fundraising, operating the front dest and phones, cleaning bathrooms (Thank you DH) making signs, restorations, displays, dusting, drip pan brigade, to..Today as we hosted 100 5th graders from The Dalles!  These are the most wonderful, fabulous, enthusiastic, always there volunteer crew in the world.

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